Guide to Essay Writing

Guide to Essay Writing in Art History and Theory by Professor Virginia Spate

with assistance from other members of the Department of Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney, January 1998

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1 General comments
  • 1.2 Writing a preliminary draft or drafts
  • 1.3 Re-writing the draft
  • 1.4 Visual material
  • 1.5 Quotations

2.0 General format

  • 2.1 Format
  • 2.2 Form and expression
  • 2.3 Titles
  • 2.4 Quotations
  • 2.5 Non-sexist language
  • 2.6 'Apparatus' - footnotes or endnotes, bibliography list of illustrations and appendices

3.0 Footnotes

  • 3.1 Footnotes, notes or endnotes
  • 3.2 Reference to footnotes/ notes
  • 3.3 Location of footnotes/ notes
  • 3.4 form of footnotes/ notes. First reference
  • 3.5 Form of footnotes/ notes subsequent references (incl. Latin abbreviations)
  • 3.6 Footnotes/notes conclusion

4.0 Bibliography

  • 4.1 Bibliography
  • 4.2 Useful Guides to special problems
  • 4.3 Abbreviations
  • 4.4 References to works of art
  • 4.5 List of illustrations and captions