Ed Triplett is a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) postdoctoral fellow in data curation for visual studies who is working cooperatively with the Duke University Library and the Wired! Lab. In 2015 he received his PhD in the history of art and architecture from the University of Virginia.

His dissertation – titled A Wall of the Faithful: Spatial Analysis of Medieval Iberia’s Religious Frontier – utilized a combination of GIS and 3D modeling techniques to discover new spatial patterns in the history of the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula during the 12th through 14th centuries. Ed’s current position allows him to continue applying cultural heritage visualization techniques to new digital projects while also developing an actionable plan to curate and preserve a host of unique visualization projects created at Duke University.

During his college years, Ed developed a passion for writing. He enjoyed writing essays and papers, which inspired him to continue his research and get a postdoctoral degree. Also, he started to write for the university newspaper and yearly publications. Over the years, his love for writing developed from a hobby to a way of making the living: Ed became a freelance essay writer for other students and young professionals. Below, he gives a few pieces of advice regarding art history essay writing: 

1. Choose the topic that makes you want to do research. First of all, settle for the topic that is interesting for you and unique. Choose the aspect of art that wasn’t discussed before and approach it in your own way. Be ready to accept the challenge of writing on a tough subject and develop the topic thoroughly;

2. Include visual references in your paper. You cannot talk about visual art without looking at it. Therefore, do not only read critical reviews of certain artists’ works. Take your time to find original art pieces and have a look at them (going on museum virtual tours is also applicable for this purpose);

3. Use different sources to base your reasoning on. Do not limit yourself to only art magazines that are available in your college library. If you want your essay writing to be fruitful, turn to the Internet libraries for help. Ask your instructor for additional reference materials, search Youtube for applicable art videos. Do not forget to read a conventional art history handbook or two;

4. Outline your paper and write it consistently. Once you have gathered a lot of references and worked with them, it’s time to get your thoughts in order. To do that, write an outline of your paper: read a few lines of the main introduction, body, and conclusion points. Remember, that you cannot repeat yourself in the finishing lines of your paper but need to paraphrase the introduction and major results of your research. After that, go on to writing your paper. Insert quotes where they are needed and format them accordingly to the paper guidelines. Once you are done with writing the text, reread it to evaluate its coherence;

5. Do not forget to proofread it. The last thing you have to do apart from listing the sources for your paper is checking it for errors. Do not rush when you do it to not miss any mistakes that can lower your final grade. You can always turn to a custom writing company to get student essay help and polish your paper.