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How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

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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.

About the Author

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.

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 Youre 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226481258
Author:
Lipson, Charles
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Academic writing
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Dissertations, Academic -- Authorship.
Subject:
Reference-Student Writing Guides
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps, 20 graphs, 29 tables, 3 diagrams
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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