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Dance Research, History & Criticism (2021)

A guide for students in dance, created by librarian Maryke Barber

Submitting Your Work for the HDC

Tips for Images in Your Thesis

Images are included in the List of Illustrations (see the MFA Dance "Thesis Requirements & Guidelines" pg. 5). Within your documents, each image should also have a caption. Images do not need to be included in your bibliography.

All images reproduced in your thesis should be captioned. Below are suggestions for captions; these can be adapted based on the type of image; what is known about the image; what is important for the reader to know.

For example: if you know the medium for a work of art ("photograph") then you include it; if you do not know it, leave medium out. For an original artwork the exact dimensions would be important; but if you're getting an image from a book, or a web page, and you cannot know for certain what size the original is - leave size information out.

General Template for Artworks

Fig. #, Artist's First-name Last-name, Title of Work, Date of Creation, Medium, Size, Location or Owner of Work, URL.


Personal photograph reproduced in a paper/thesis:

Fig. 7. Maryke Barber, Final Rehearsal, June 5, 2021, Photograph. 

Image downloaded from Flickr Commons reproduced in a paper/thesis:

Fig. 4. Thomas Eakins, Portrait of William Rudolf O'Donovan, 1891, Black and white photographic print, 6 x 8 cm., Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC., from: Flickr Commons, 


Images downloaded from museum websites reproduced in a paper/thesis:

Fig. 3. Caravaggio, The Denial of Saint Peter, Early 15th century, Oil on canvas, 94 x 125.4 cm., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 

Fig. 1, Anonymous, Soul catcher, 1800-1850, Bone and haliotis shell (abalone), McChord Museum, Quebec,


Image from a book reproduced in a paper/thesis:

Fig. 5. Sally Mann, My Children, September 14, 1992, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Roanoke, in Images of Children, New York: Abrahams Publishing, 1994.


More examples:

Page Numbering in Your Thesis

The following instructions help you format page numbers, specifically:

  • Removing the page number from the title page.
  • Numbering the front pages (Dedication, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents) with Roman numerals (i,ii,iii,iv, etc.)
  • Numbering the text with Arabic numerals (1,2,3,4, etc.)

Starting page numbers later (Word documents).

Add different page number formats to different sections (Word documents)