Term papers are written exposition or elaboration of your view on a particular topic, subject or issue. Within a stipulated length, usually 1200 to 3500 words, your paper will consist of a clear statement of what you think about a particular issue or topic followed by a logical argument supported by strong, well-documented evidence.
The papers are not only an important learning process but can also be used as assessment instrument, since when you begin your research on a selected topic you often have no idea of what your view or argument will be.
The process of research, planning and writing of your paper helps you shape, clarify and finally expound your thinking or analysis. Many notes and several drafts of your paper might have to be written before your argument or perspective on a particular topic falls into place.
This is why it is imperative to allocate enough time in your study program for writing preliminary drafts. Students often lament that they discovered what they really wanted to say at the end of a hastily written essay, when they had no time for a rewrite.
That is why some students use the services of professional writing services - companies whose employees can not only explain to the student what he does not know, for example, what is a term paper , but also edit the student's paper.
The information and evidence used in formulating an argument, in paper form, will come from texts (mostly books and journals), electronic sources and actual works of art. When writing about art the most important focus of your analysis should be original art objects; but any judgments you make about works of art should be informed by what has been written about them, and your interpretation should be measured against the existing research in your field of interest.
Therefore wide reading is essential in any art theory essay. However, choose your source material intelligently, many "coffee-table" style art books contain misleading generalizations and factual information that is dated or incorrect.
Also, school textbooks (such as Gardner's Art Through the Ages) are poor source material for most tertiary writing. As with encyclopedia articles, they may be useful in initially surveying a topic but you will need to consult more specific secondary sources.
Most of the information you access on the Internet using generic search engines and sites such as Yahoo or AltaVista will fall into the encyclopedic category. Only very refined searching of specialist databases will allow you to access high quality and primary material. There will be more later on how to access this material via the Internet.