Research Paper Assignment
3-5 pages/750-1250 words (not including Works Cited page)
Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins
2 documented sources and a Works Cited page
Citation and documentation style: MLA format
How would you define “art”? What makes something a work of art? What are the
characteristics of a work of art—according to you, not according to the textbook, a dictionary,
or a website?
In this essay, discuss your own personal definition of the word “art” and the characteristics of
what you consider to be great art. Be sure to include specific artists/artistic periods that you
feel exemplify your definition, as well as specific examples of the artist’s work or work from
that historical period.You may choose artists/artistic periods from the ones we’ve covered in
class and ones from later in the textbook: Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism,
Modernism, Contemporary art, etc. You may even use current artists and musicians as
examples as well.
You must also in some way incorporate information, ideas, opinions, examples, evidence, etc.,
from at least 2 outside sources. Your outside sources MUST be correctly documented
according to MLA guidelines—both WITHIN THE TEXT OF YOUR PAPER and IN A WORKS CITED
PAGE. Failure to do so will lead to points being deducted and could lead to the paper being
considered plagiarized, which would result in a zero.
Note on internet sources: Articles from GALILEO have been approved by me; any other internet
sources and/or sites must be approved by me before you turn in your research paper. Usually,
sites associated with colleges and schools (ending in “.edu”) or with government organizations
(ending in “.gov”) are reliable. You may use your textbook, but it does not count as one of your
outside sources. Also, you CANNOT use Wikipedia as a source.
Make sure that your essay is double-spaced and formatted as a Microsoft Word (or compatible
word processing program) document.