How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper

Paperback | May 15, 2005

byCharles Lipson

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The senior thesis is the capstone of a college education, but writing one can be a daunting prospect. Students need to choose their own topic and select the right adviser. Then they need to work steadily for several months as they research, write, and manage a major independent project. Now there's a mentor to help. How to Write a BA Thesis is a practical, friendly guide written by Charles Lipson, an experienced professor who has guided hundreds of students through the thesis-writing process.

This book offers step-by-step advice on how to turn a vague idea into a clearly defined proposal, then a draft paper, and, ultimately, a polished thesis. Lipson also tackles issues beyond the classroom-from good work habits to coping with personal problems that interfere with research and writing.

Filled with examples and easy-to-use highlighted tips, the book also includes handy time schedules that show when to begin various tasks and how much time to spend on each. Convenient checklists remind students which steps need special attention, and a detailed appendix, filled with examples, shows how to use the three main citation systems in the humanities and social sciences: MLA, APA, and Chicago.

How to Write a BA Thesis will help students work more comfortably and effectively-on their own and with their advisers. Its clear guidelines and sensible advice make it the perfect text for thesis workshops. Students and their advisers will refer again and again to this invaluable resource. From choosing a topic to preparing the final paper, How to Write a BA Thesis helps students turn a daunting prospect into a remarkable achievement.

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The senior thesis is the capstone of a college education, but writing one can be a daunting prospect. Students need to choose their own topic and select the right adviser. Then they need to work steadily for several months as they research, write, and manage a major independent project. Now there's a mentor to help. How to Write a BA T...

Charles Lipson is professor and director of undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Doing Honest Work in College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:402 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:May 15, 2005Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226481263

ISBN - 13:9780226481265

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Table of Contents

I. GETTING STARTED
 
How to Read This Book          
1          Introduction     
2          Useful Nuts and Bolts  
 
II. FRAMING YOUR TOPIC
3          Taking Effective Notes and Avoiding Plagiarism           
4          Refining Your Topic, Writing a Proposal, and Beginning Research        
 
III. CONDUCTING YOUR RESEARCH
5          What Is Good Thesis Research?          
6          Using Case Studies Effectively 
7          Every Thesis Should Have a Thesis      
 
IV. WRITING YOUR BEST
8          Planning and Prewriting: How Do They Help Your Thesis?       
9          Writing Your Best        
10        Effective Openings, Smooth Transitions, and Strong Closings    
11        Good Editing Makes Good Writing      
12        Presenting Information Visually 
 
V. WORKING YOUR BEST
13        Working Efficiently      
14        Overcoming Problems 
 
VI. SCHEDULING AND COMPLETING YOUR THESIS
15        Thesis Time Schedule  
16        Tips and Reminders     
17        Frequently Asked Questions    
18        What to Do When You’re All Done     
 
VII. DEALING WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
19        Thesis Defense and Second Readers: Questions and Answers  
20        A One-Semester Thesis           
 
VIII. CITING YOUR SOURCES AND GETTING MORE ADVICE