Final project Step 4: Full Draft

The concise version of the assignment:

  • What: a blog post, or multiple blog posts, of approximately 1200 words (excluding notes and bibliography) on a topic or theme connected to the material culture of China, with illustrations that are correctly credited
    • Add a bibliography and notes (but exclude them from your word count). See Details for more info on how to do notes.
    • If writing multiple shorter posts, please make sure they are linked: create a "front page" post, or a "table of contents" at the top of the first post, and link to the logical next post at the end of each, so the reader can find them all easily.
  • How: Submit a link to your blog post (or starting post, if multiple posts) in the Canvas assignment. That word count excludes footnotes and other references (e.g. captions to images).
  • When: Monday Nov. 30
    • Note: I understand you may need a bit more time, so I left the assignment to submit the link open until Wednesday, Dec. 2. Please note that this compromises the time left for others, including me, to give you meaningful feedback to incorporate in the final version.
    • Yes, extensions beyond Wednesday are possible but consider the turn-around time to give you meaningful feedback. This is team-work so please don't push things too far out.
  • Why?: Writing is rewriting: everything you see published has gone through multiple rounds of writing and revisions (with the exception of this website, and frankly speaking, it shows!). Why should your writing be different? Treat your work like professional writers do, and end up with a professional-looking product you can be proud of!

Further Details:

  • Include references in Chicago Style (notes and bibliography)
    • Use (1) for the first note, then use (2) for the next note. Chicago style note numbers go up and up, and can go quite high. Just type it at the spot where the note has to go. (We can't do fancy footnotes in blogs, one drawback of being online)(1)
    • At the very bottom of your work, type (1): and add the reference, in Chicago note format. e.g. Firstname Lastname, Title of Book, p. 17.
      • Top tip: if the source in note 12 is the same as in note 11, you can type Ibid., p.[xx] (change the page number of course) --> this is from the Latin Ibidem and means "the same". Or you can use an abbreviated title, or if you only have one work by the same author, just use their surname, e.g. "Johnson, p. 13."
      • Top tip: put a full stop at the end of the footnote. That makes it look finished. It's in the details!
  • List the items you consulted in the bibliography alphabetically by surname of the author in Chicago Bibliography style. e.g. Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City: Publisher, 2015.
  • In your draft, indicate where you want to make further changes, or need some assistance, or maybe are still trying to find as a source.
  • Post as a blog post on your site. You may update your earlier draft post, if you want.
    • Use the title (or change to): "Full draft:" and insert a working title
  • Still looking for good sources for illustrations? Look through the list provided on the Final Project overview page, or try your luck on the Trexler webpage with Art in the Public Domain.
    • Make sure to provide correct attributions (credit/ source reference) for the images you use, just like you provide notes for the text you create based on other scholars' work. This is not only to comply with the AIC, but also to make sure that artists, curators and collectors are correctly credited for their work, and to help the reader find the materials easily. E.g. "[title of work], held by [name of museum]", and add a hyperlink to the museum or the work in the online catalog if possible and "Bob's your uncle" as they say in Britain.

Once again, here's the link to the Canvas assignment

Fellow students and I will read through your draft to help you make it a strong project: structure, words, links, technical issues are all things we can look at. The closer you bring your project to the vision you have in mind, the better we can help you and the more specific our feedback can be. We're here to help you make that project SHINE!!

"writing" by thecmn is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

(1) This is an example of a footnote. For more info on footnotes, I'll have to ask the library to order Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: A Curious History (London: Faber and Faber, 2003). It is a great little book on the history of providing references for historical works. Now you'll have to scroll back up to where you left the main text.