Who is my Favorite Spanish Artist and why?
As you think about this question, consider the task assigned to you: You must decide on a subject to research, refine the subject to a manageable topic, determine what resources to use, and then gather information about your topic. Then you are going to engage your resources in order to extract vital information about your topic. At this point, you will begin to select statements from the texts you have selected and will either use these statements directly to support your ideas (a direct quotation) or you will paraphrase information found in the text to support your ideas. The next step will be to organize your thoughts and ideas as well as the supporting material in a logical manner. Typically, this will be in the form of an outline. You will then use the outline to craft your paper. To aid you in this process, there are a number a resources you will want to use and refer to as you proceed.
First, for many of you this will not be the first formal research essay. However, for a refresher of the entire process, take a look at the following site: Research and Problem Solving - A How to Guide. It will help reinforce the methodological approach to research. It will also help you pace your efforts as you research in the LMC. However, while this may not be the first research essay you've written, it will most likely be the first time you've had to produce an essay for your Espanol class. To help you with your quest, please read on so you know what resources you have at your disposal.
Next, to aid you in your quest for knowledge and to help you give credit where credit is due, I've linked up EasyBib. Why use EasyBib? Because you will work smarter, not harder. if you are going to use another author's words or ideas, you must acknowledge the use of this information through parenthetical citations and by providing a works cited page (See WPA's "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism"). Since EasyBib is not only a citation generator, but is also a research suite featuring a new search utility and notebook utility which will help you cite and organize your the information you collect on your topic, this resource will be of value to you. Moreover, you will be asked to incorporate images of your artists works into your essay. To utilize these images correctly, you must provide a citation for each and every image! Remember, to maximize the power of EasyBib, you must first register as we have a site license!
http://www.googleartproject.com/- Museo Reina Sofia
http://www.museoreinasofia.es/coleccion_en.html - Museum Reina Sofia
http://www.museodelprado.es/en- Prado Museum of Spain
http://umich.edu/~motherha/ University of Michigan Mother of All Art Resources
http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=3404 Voice of the Shuttle Art Resources
http://wwar.com/masters/nationalities/spanish.html- Absolute Arts
One other important note as you endeavor to locate quality information: Remember, just because it is out there (on the Web) doesn't mean it is good to use. If you are to hone your scholarly skills, it is time to ask yourself what you value: that which is easiest to get or that which is best (relevant information produced by a credible resource). Please refer to the attached PDF file that focuses on five essential criteria for Website Evaluation.