Research Paper Assignment
Select a topic related to Asian art. Be sure the subject is not too board or general. Focus on a specific thesis, a particular point, or a controlling idea.
Investigate the topic in a thoughtful and critical manner. Collect evidence and information from at least four different sources. While some Internet sources may be acceptable, published sources are more accurate. Wikipedia is not acceptable. Must have at least two printed sources. Direct quotations may not exceed 15% of the paper.
(Do not be limited to the topics below.)
Artist such as
Chinese—Gu Kaizhi, Guo Xi; Korean—Kim Hongdo; Japanese—Sesshu Toyo, Katsushika Hokusai; Modern—Hung Liu, Hayao Miyazaki, Sanjay Patel
Monument such as
Great Stupa at Borobudur, Angkor Wat, Taj Mahal, Horyu-ji, the Great Wall of China
Type of Art such as
Japanese woodblock prints, garden design, funerary arts, jades, arms and armors
Subject in Art such as
Animals—dragons, elephants, lions, horses, cranes, phoenix
Deities—Krishna, Ganesha, Devi, Guanyin
Historical figures–Ashoka, Qin Shihuangdi, Prince Shotoku, Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Meaning and Symbolism—plants like bamboo or flowers like lotus
Title page must include a title, student’s name (Last name, First name) and course number
Student’s name must be in the upper right hand corner
The paper must be typed, doubled space, 1” margins, 10-12 point font
Italicize or underline foreign words
Provide pictures and illustrations related to your subject.
Identify pictures and illustrations with descriptive captions.
(Caption for art work should include: title/name, artist, material, date, country/culture)
Paper must have footnotes or citations of your references and sources.
Bibliography must include names of author, title, publisher and date of publication.
Internet sources should include topic of search, name of title of article, link, retrieval date.
Follow the Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for documentation.
Length: 5 to 10 pages (1300-2500 words). Title, picture, illustration, and bibliography pages do not count toward the word count or page count.