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AHIS 3959: Art History Senior Research Seminar

This guide supports the thesis course for art history

Research Librarian

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Meredith Wisner
Meredith Wisner
Research & Instruction Librarian for the Arts
Office: 306 Milstein

Mon & Tues: Zoom only
Wed - Fri: In-person/Zoom


What is Zotero?

Zotero: Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collection, organize, cite and share research. It'll change your life! Once you've downloaded the Zotero software and browser connector, you will be able to save books you find in the catalog, resource you spot on the web, and even ingest pdfs of article - complete with all their citation information - and store them in one easy to organize space. 

Zotero Tips

  • Use Zotero to organize your research, add annotations to resources, and to create bibliographies and footnotes
  • Download Zotero by going to Remember to download the software and preferred browser plugin
  • Set the citation style by selecting "Zotero" in the top navigation of your computer and then "Preferences"
  • Use the Zotero icon in your browser to save resources you find in CLIO (or other library catalogs) and on the web
  • Create bibliographies by dragging and dropping selected items
  • Create footnotes by dragging and dropping while holding the shift button (Mac) or right clicking (PC) on the desired resource

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Citing and Captioning in Art History

Citation Basics

Most professors of art history require that you use of the Chicago citation style to create bibliographies and footnotes. There is also a variant of Chicago known as the Turabian citation style that is used as well. Because citations direct your reader back to the work of scholarship you are using in your research, they will differ slightly depending on the type of research material you are working with. For example, an article in a book will include information about the publisher of the book, while an article in a journal will include the name of the journal and its volume and issue number. It is best to include as much information about the resources you are working with as possible so anyone who wishes to look at those resources will be able to find them.

Online Citation Style Guides


Making Image Captions

Image captions should include both the location of the work of art itself, as well as the location of where you found the image. Below is an example of an image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and how you would cite it depending on where you found the image.




Elements of a Caption

Title: Josephine Baker

Artist: Adolph de Meyer

Date: 1825 - 1826

Medium: Direct carbon print

Location of work: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Where image was found:
Caption (artwork viewed in person):

Fig. 1. Adolf de Meyer, Josephine Baker, 1825 - 26. Direct carbon print. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Caption (online): 

Fig. 1. Adolf de MeyerJosephine Baker, 1825 - 26. Direct carbon print. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Caption (in print):

Fig. 1. Adolf de MeyerJosephine Baker, 1825 - 26. Direct carbon print. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art​. By Maria Morris Hambourg. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989.

Writing About Art