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

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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3 Comments

  1. Remarcable work. The book represents a very helpful insight into the work a faculty student should do in the final year to complete a thesis. It covers absolutely every corner you can think and even those you’ve never thought that could possibly be there. Lots of examples, full of great ideas, very clear, very coherent. It is a 100% outstanding purchase.

  2. An awesome and practical guide I’ve read a number of books about writing a thesis/dissertation; this is by far the most useful and pragmatic book on the market. While Lipson spends sometime discussing the “softer” aspects of writing a thesis (how to not become discouraged, why you should really pick a topic you think you would enjoy writing about, etc.), he also provides incredibly helpful suggestions when it comes to the actual writing of the thesis, including a detailed checklist and timeline for your thesis. And his…

  3. Worthwhile Help This book gives needed guidance to students working independently on their senior project/thesis. I like having a book that provides structure to the student’s research experience. I ask students to buy this book and the APA manual to help them through their senior projects.

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