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Research Guide for Illustration

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MICA Writing Studio

Writing Studio

The Writing Studio offers one-on-one tutoring sessions, programming, and resources designed to bolster the written and verbal communication skills of MICA students.Tutors can assist students with a wide variety of writing projects, including:

  • Academic papers
  • Personal essays
  • Artist statements
  • Any writing assignment
  • Brainstorming / outlining
  • Thesis development
  • Reviewing a draft
  • Grammar
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How to select a topic

Finding a Topic

  • Brainstorm
  • Make a list keywords and related topics: Use Mind Mapping or Clustering
  • Make vertical list > leads to Outlining > Organize and Outline further
  • Read general information about topic
  • Read more focused information about topic focusing on critical analysis of resources
  • Write your topic as a Thesis Statement

Mind Mapping example from Word Smiths


Interactive Mind Mapping Tutorial from University of Arizona

Click the image below to start:

Image of tutorial start

How to Cite Your Work

Guides on How To Cite Your Work
Whether you're writing a paper or creating a work of art, everyone needs to cite their work. Below are links to formatting and style guides. Refer to your professor to find out which citation format you should be using.

Academic Citation Resource Guide

This guide is a great place to start if you're unsure about which citation style to use.

APA Format and Citation Style

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual of Style is commonly used by those in literature, history, and the arts.

MLA Formatting and Style Guide

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.

How to Cite an Image

Image Citation Examples by Style

Following are several examples of image citations formatted according to MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. For more in-depth examples, check out the resources at Colgate Visual Resources Library

MLA 8th edition Style (examples from The Owl at Purdue)

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Museo Nacional del Prado, Accessed 22 May 2006.

Klee, Paul. Twittering Machine. 1922. Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Artchive, Accessed May 2006.

APA 2009 Style (examples from University of Maryland University College)

Image with a title from a library database:
Rousseau, H. (1896). The ship in the storm [Painting]. Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris. Retrieved from Oxford Art Online database.

Image with a title from a web site:
Rousseau, H. (1896). The ship in the storm [Painting]. Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris. Retrieved from

Image without a title from a printed source:
Muybridge, E. [Photograph of a horse running]. (1887). National Gallery, London. River of shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild West. By Rebecca Solnit. New York, NY: Viking. 52.

Note: If an image does not have a title, create a brief title and place it in [ ].

Chicago Style

Image from a library subscription database:

Hoshiko, Eugene. "China Rain." Photograph. 1999. AP Images, ID99062401980.

Image from an online database:

Currier & Ives. "Gray Eagle." Lithograph. ca. 1866. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, (accessed September 25, 2010).

Image from a website:

Wilma, David. "El Centro de la Raza, Beacon Hill, Seattle." Photograph. 2001., (accessed September 25, 2010).

[In the footnotes, remove the period after image title, and do not capitalize the image type. 

EX: Eugene Hoshiko, "China Rain," photograph, 1999, AP ImagesID99062401980.]

Taken From: Images: Image Citation Research Guide University of Washington 

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