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Honors 401: Historical Periodicals: Digital Project

Writing Captions

In the library and museum worlds, captions are viewed as interpretive acts. You are not just conveying information; you are attempting to provoke a response in your audience. When you have only a few words in which to do that, every word counts!  Be sure to keep your audience in mind, and to place materials in context. For each label, consider what the take-away or message is for the viewer. Use this to frame your writing.