Skip to Main Content

Fine Art

Style Guides

Style Guide

Chicago manual of style, 17th ed. (2017) is a 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 2017).  See other style guides under Citing & Citation Management.

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

Chapter in an edited book (Chicago style):

Hoeniger, Cathleen Sara. “Restoring Raphael.” In The Cambridge companion to Raphael, edited by Marcia B. Hall, 276-305.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

To find in Omni, search by Title in Advanced Search (ignore any initial article) or put title in quotes in Simple Search: Cambridge companion to Raphael

Journal article citation (Chicago style):

Bryan-Wilson, Julia. "Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art." The Art Bulletin 89, no. 4 (12, 2007): 823-826

To find in Omni, search by Journal Search: Art Bulletin - and narrow down to volume, year, issue and page.

Citing Your Sources

Queen's Library guide: Citing & Citation Management

Queen's Library guide: Citation managers

Trent University's guide: Chicago style

Trent University's guide: MLA style


Writing Centre

Student Academic Success Services (SASS), located in Stauffer Library, comprises Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre to help with brainstorming ideas, creating outlines, improving grammer and style, and thesis statements. Book an appointment for a one-on-one consultation or check out the Centre's Writing Handouts/Tip Sheets.

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)

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.

CRAAP criteria to evaluate web sources

Evaluation criteria includes:
  • Currency: The timeliness of the information.
  • Relevance: The depth and importance of the information.
  • Authority: The source of the information.
  • Accuracy: The reliability of the information.
  • Purpose: The possible bias in the information.