Writing an Empirical Senior Thesis
Middlebury College Political Science Department
Turning in your Final Thesis
For Biology / ESBI / MBB majors with biology advisers
(Neuroscience thesis students: please visit the Neuroscience Independent Study and Senior Thesis web pages for instructions.)
- Thesis Binding
- Table Tents
- Photo Calendars
(Buttons are 2.25” in diameter)
Theses Procedures and Schedule
(Revised July 2014)
A. General Procedures
What Can I Request?
Many types of items can be borrowed. Books are usually borrowed in print copy. Newspapers are usually provided in micro-form covering multiple weeks. Journal articles are sent as photocopies or digital copies.
Media items: DVDs, CDs, etc, can be ordered, but may take longer to arrive.
Writing and Plagiarism Guides
Help With Writing
Middlebury students can consult the CTLR in the Davis Family Library for help. Staff & Peer Tutors are available to offer feedback on your writing.
- Getting Started
- Finding Books and Other Materials in Summon, MIDCAT, NExpress, and Worldcat
- Finding Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles
- Finding Materials to Borrow from Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
- Finding Primary Sources
- Using Other Libraries, Museums, or Research Collections
To keep track of what databases and indexes you have searched, start to keep a SEARCH RECORD of these sources. You will quickly forget what you have already consulted, and these records will make it easy to see what you haven't yet covered and may also be useful in discussions with your advisor or a librarian.
*It is also a good idea to note the search terms you used with electronic databases, that way when you review your results with your advisor or a librarian, they can suggest other terms that might improve your results.
Thesis Research Help Sessions
Check with your department or thesis advisor to see if they have scheduled a thesis session for your major.
Financial Help & Awards
This list is by no means complete. Check with the Undergraduate Research Office, your department, and advisor for other opportunities.
Financial assistance for travel, photocopies, and other research expenses
Please note the deadlines!
Citation Guides & Tools for Formatting Bibliographies
**Find out what style guide is required/recommended for your thesis.
Below you'll find information to help you with your thesis research and documentation. It is strongly recommended that you consult with reference librarians along the way, either with the librarian on duty or by appointment with the librarian in your subject area.
Evaluation becomes important in choosing what to read or use and in determining how much weight to give sources. Think about the source of the information and the suitability of the contents. You may not have time to read everything on your topic. If you need guidance, consult your professors or a librarian.
Aaron Smith, Class of 2009 and a Film & Media Culture major, has posted online a discussable version of his senior thesis, "Transmedia Storytelling in Television 2.0," in which he explores how contemporary television has embraced new narrative strategies and digital media to encourage participation in expansive storyworlds. In this online version, he invites readers to comment in the margins of his project to further the dialogue about these new developments.