Writing an Empirical Senior Thesis
Middlebury College Political Science Department
Fall 2015

for Biology, ESBI,  and MBB majors
 with biology advisers

(Neuroscience thesis students:  please visit the Neuroscience Independent Study and Senior Thesis web pages for instructions.)

DUE NO LATER THAN NOON on the last day of exams (May 24):

Senior Thesis Films

Thesis Poster

Check out the 2013 Senior Thesis Films.  More will be added as they become available on the web.



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Theses Procedures and Schedule

Theses Procedures and Schedule

(Revised September 2015)

 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

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR)

Middlebury students can consult the CTLR in the Davis Family Library for help. Staff & Peer Tutors are available to offer feedback on your writing.

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!

Senior Research Project Supplement

Search Records

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.

For example:


Evaluating Sources

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.

Thesis Guide

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.

Citation Guides & Tools for Formatting Bibliographies

**Find out what style guide is required/recommended for your thesis.

Consider using a bibliographic management tool, such as Zotero (easier) or RefWorks

Recent grad hopes thesis on TV storytelling will lead to discussion

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.