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ARTH 292: Writing for Art History

Writing about Art

Writing Resources

Art Terms

 Find encyclopedia and dictionary definitions of art terms using VCU Libraries Search:

  1. Enter your keyword in the big yellow search box on the library website (
  2. Limit results to Material Type=Reference Entries


Research Basics

Thesis Statement Checklist

When drafting a paper thesis statement, ask yourself:

  1. Does the statement make a claim rather than merely offer a description?
  2. Is the claim arguable rather than self/evident, universally accepted, and of little interest?
  3. Can evidence be found to support the claim?
  4. Is the claim narrow enough to be convincingly supported in a paper written within the allotted time and of the assigned length?

Excerpt from "Writing a Research Paper" in A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnet.

Resources Beyond VCU Libraries

If you can't find the book, article, or dissertation that you want at VCU, try these resources to find what you need.

Chicago Citation Style

Tip: When using a citation generation tool, always check the citation created to make sure it is formatted correctly!