Honors Thesis Preparation
Welcome to the HCOL 101 library research guide, which is designed to help students in all disciplines conduct successful library research for the literature review as well as the honors thesis. This research guide is not a source of discipline-based content.
While your thesis advisor will likely recommend specific books and articles, your own research is critical. This guide is meant to support you as you take your research to another level; if there is any information that would be useful to include here that you do not see, please let me know, and I can add to it.
A Word About Tracking Your Research
It is good practice to keep track of your searches and your resources, e.g., which databases you used, what search terms worked in a database, what books you used etc. Research is not a linear process and you will most likely revisit a database or book during the process. Keeping track will ultimately save you time and duplication of effort, as well as helping you become more organized and efficient.
Students keep track of their research process in a number of ways - creating a research log, designating a thesis folder or notebook. Use the method with which you feel most comfortable.
The Honors College recommends this book as you work on your thesis:
How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper
University of Chicago Press, 2005
Call Number: LB 2369 .L54 2005
[1 copy on the 3rd floor and 1 copy in the Reference Collection]
The Honors College also has copies you may borrow as needed.
This library research guide is also linked from Blackboard, in the category "Couse Materials."