Art History and Studio Art Research Guide: Writing About Art

Writing Guides (selected list)

A short guide to writing about art / Sylvan Barnet.

Writing about art / Henry M. Sayre.

Writing for the visual arts / Mashey Maurice Bernstein.

Thesis Statement and Outline

  • Clearly state your topic and how you are customizing/limiting (ways to limit: gender, date, age group, place)
  • What are you trying to prove?
  • How will you prove it?
  • Use your opinions and knowledge to develop your question
  • Take a stand using your knowledge, experience, ideas
  • Organize your ideas into an outline

Paper & Thesis Preparation

Search the catalog for the subject:

  • Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.  or
  • Dissertations, Academic -- Authorship

Clark, Irene L. 2007. Writing the successful thesis and dissertation: entering the conversation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Harmon, Joseph E., and Alan G. Gross. 2010. The craft of scientific communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Murray, Rowena. 2011. How to write a thesis. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Wolcott, Harry F. 2001. Writing up qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage Publications.

CSUN Thesis information