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Writing Centre

The Queen's Writing Centre provides help with brainstorming ideas, creating outlines, improving grammer and style, and thesis statements.  Located in the Stauffer Library, the Centre provides one-on-one consultations.

Reflective Writing

Reflection means taking some time to examine your thoughts, beliefs, values, attitudes and assumptions about your understanding of a topic, a situation or problem.  The key questions in reflective thinking are how? and why? rather than just what?  In reflective writing, students are asked to write down their personal thoughts.  

Reflective Writing (University of Leeds)

Reflective Writing (Royal Roads University)

Art History and Art Conservation Style Guide 2016

MLA Style Guide

MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing, 3rd ed. (2008) is the recommended style manual for Art Conservation. Check the print version in Stauffer Library - Reference Collection (Ref PN147 .G444 2008)

Chapter in an edited book (MLA style):

Spirydowicz, Krysia. "Preserving an Inuit whalebone sculpture at Queen’s University." Preserving Aboriginal Heritage: Technical and Traditional Approaches (Proceedings of a Conference Symposium 2007,‘Preserving Aboriginal Heritage: Technical and Traditional Approaches’, Ottawa, Canada, September 24-28, 2007). Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Canada (Canadian Conservation Institute), 2008.

To find in QCAT, search by Title Exact: Preserving aboriginal heritage...

Journal article citation (MLA style):

Klempan, Barbara, et al. "A technical and scientific study of two A.Y. Jackson paintboxes." Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation=Journal de l’Association canadienne pour la conservation et la restauration 34 (2009): 29-38.

To find in QCAT, search by Journal Title Exact: Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation

Chicago Style Guide

Chicago manual of style, 16th ed. (2010) is another preferred style manual for academic research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Use the online version, or the print version in Stauffer Reference (Ref Z253 .U69 2010).  See other style guides under Citing sources.

Chapter in an edited book (Chicago style):

Spirydowicz, Krysia. “Preserving an Inuit whalebone sculpture at Queen’s University.” In Preserving aboriginal heritage: technical and traditional approaches (September 24-28, 2007), 311-316.  Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2008.

To find in QCAT, search by Title Exact: Preserving aboriginal heritage...

Journal article citation (Chicago style):

Couture-Rigert, Doris E., P. Jane Sirois, and Elizabeth A. Moffatt. "An investigation into the cause of corrosion on indoor bronze sculpture." Studies in conservation 57, no. 3 (2012): 142-163.

To find in QCAT, search by Journal Title Exact: studies in conservation

Bibliographic Citation

A bibliography avoids plagiarism and gives credibility to research.  Pay attention to details when creating citations.  Strive for consistency and accurate information, so interested readers can follow up on citations for reading or further research.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating your sources is a crucial step of the research process. You need to evaluate carefully each source to determine its appropriateness and quality.

Check our Evaluating Sources Checklist for criteria used to judge information sources and our Scholarly and Popular Resources page to distinguish between scholarly and popular publications.

It is particularly important to evaluate information that you find on the Web. Because there are no rules and anyone can post a page on the Web, you will have to determine whether the web site is of value. Go to Evaluating Web Sources for specific criteria used to analyze websites.

Check our Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals page in order to evaluate periodicals by looking at their content, purpose, and intended audience.

Citing Your Sources

Queen's Library libguides or other information on citing sources:

Citing sources

Citing and Citation managers

American Anthropological Association (AAA) style guide is downloadable as a PDF