When searching Google Images, if you want to filter and customize the image search results you see, use the options along the side of the results page. For instance, you can choose just to see black and white photos or only images of a certain size (which is important to consider when doing a presentation). You can limit to clipart images or line drawings or photos.
How to Cite an Image
An Image (Including a Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph)
"If the work is cited on the web only, then provide the name of the artist, the title of the work, the medium of the work, and then follow the citation format for a website. If the work is posted via a username, use that username for the author."
An Article in a Web Magazine
"Provide the author name, article name in quotation marks, title of the Web magazine in italics, publisher name, publication date, medium of publication, and the date of access. Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given."
Getty Images. "Miley Cyrus visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan." Photograph. "Miley Cyrus performs 'We Can't Stop' a capella with Jimmy Fallon, the Roots. Newsday, 9 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <www.newsday.com/entertainment/tv/tv-zone-1.811968/miley-cyrus-performs-we-can-t-stop-a-capella-with-jimmy-fallon-the-roots-1.6226117>.
Paper Break-Down, Parts 1 &2:
Since we will be spending a lot of time on this essay, we will tackle it in 2 segments: the first will be 4-5 pages, and the final will be the full length (6-8 pages text, 8-10 pages complete with visuals). You are required to expand and refine your argument, structure, and narrative components. You'll practice this article in a shorter form during early drafts, then you will see how altering the complexity of a thesis demands more development, additional sources, and/or different argument strategies. You will learn how to emphasize key points for expansion, based upon an assessment of audience and desired affect. And, you will consider visual rhetoric by incorporating appropriate images and visually-appealing formats. MLA documentation and at least 4 sources required.
Part 1: 4-5 pages, MLA, at least 2 sources in the essay required, and the Annotated Bibliography*. No images required (images not included in page min.).
See the complete A.B. description for more information on this assignment.
This component of the paper will serve as a useful source-finding and source-evaluating exercise. Please vary your sources as much as possible to demonstrate the breadth of your knowledge: interviews, internet, databases, other media (film, TV, music), print publications (books, journals, magazines), etc. More information on this assignment will be forthcoming.
Part 2: (minimum of 6 FULL pages, MLA, text-only. Max 8) 8-10 pages, with visual component. Format citations in MLA, with Works Cited, and at least 4 sources required.
Now you're ready to put your critical perspective into play with a researched article/expose in which you focus on an important issue and "expose" it, or reveal it, to your readers. Feature articles in general do just as their name suggests: they feature an issue, a person, an event, or theme -- often with an implicit or explicit agenda. They want their readers to agree, for example, that U2's global politics are an inspiring example for all successful musicians, or that some new scientific break-through will take human health to new heights. An expose is a feature article or an investigative report that brings important issues to public attention. So to begin this project, find something that engages, excites, or troubles you within your local culture or American culture in general. The information you find will help you to formulate an argument about your topic, and convince your audience that your conclusions are correct.
For example, you could explore the increasing number of college students who watch John Stewart's Daily Show, and how this television show has real political impact as a "news" source for this particular group. What might this mean for "real" news in general? You could examine the way gas prices or global warming has shaped and continues to shape America's automobile industry -- or, you could decide whether BP was ultimately responsible for the oil spill disaster. If images of beauty and sexuality in the media catch your attention, you might investigate the hype around female celebrities and exposed body parts and come up with a theory about this obsession.
Your expose will have these main elements:
- A particular publication/audience in mind, such as National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Car and Driver, or even a TV venue like The Fleecing of America or 60 Minutes. These are investigative news programs, or magazines and journals that often include investigative pieces as feature articles. Considering what sorts of venues might publish the article you're writing will help you to gauge your audience, tone, word choice, and so forth. (You could also consider a children's or young adult audience for your piece.)
- Investigative spirit of discovery or revelation.
- Authoritative, as well as other appropriate types of source material, to inform your perspective.
- Analysis of the "data", event(s), media (images, films, ads, songs, etc.), speech(es), and so on.
- Persuasive theory/argument based upon your investigation of the topic that attempts to explain, or proposes a possible explanation for, the situation.
- Visual components that enhance the content and appeal to the audience.
Visuals and Visual Rhetoric:
For this essay, you MUST incorporate visuals in the final draft. Your chosen images could be informative (like graphs), entertaining (a major figure in your piece), or attention-grabbing (Lady Gaga's oopsie crotch shot), but they MUST relate to and support your article in some way. And, you should consider how to incorporate them attractively into your essay. See the section in the handbook on using visuals -- as well as in Beyond Words.
Note: You should check your page count BEFORE you include your visuals. With text only, your essay minimum will be about 6-8 full pages. Once images are included, your essay will be between 8-10 pages.
For this paper, you will become journalists, freelancers, and authors, writing for the news publication, magazine, or insider program of your choice. Enjoy it!
According to Webster's II New College Dictionary:
1. An article in a publication expressing the opinion of its publishers or editors.
2. A commentary on radio or television expressing the opinion of the station or network.
We have two popular culture journals that you can browse in our library. Click on the links to see which issues we currently have.