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I have to write a research paper on my field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, and discuss 8 items in length that we were meant to find in the museum. The only problem I am having is actually starting the paper, I don't want to just jump into the first painting I needed to research, but I'm not exactly sure what to include in an introduction. I was thinking maybe including a brief history of the museum but I feel it is also a bit irrelavent. Any advice?

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    Don't bother trying to write the introduction first. Have a good thesis statement and an outline that includes all your support ideas.

    Then write the body of your paper first. While writing it or even while revising it, you will probably get some good ideas about how you want to introduce this paper. After all, how can you introduce something you don't know in detail yet??

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/intros.htm

    =)

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    Is there a common theme to the items you were to research? If so, your introduction can include that theme.

    If the items seem to have been randomly chosen, your introduction can make a general comment about the items you researched.

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    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Here are some things you might like to consider in your analysis.

    A formal analysis of a painting considers its lines, shapes, and colours: generally referred to as 'composition'. What the artist puts into a painting (and often, what s/he leaves out, too!)

    All art exists within a particular social, economic, religious and cultural context. These aspects can make your analysis interesting.

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