Writing a senior honors thesis, or any major research essay, can seem daunting at first. A thesis requires a reflective, multi-stage writing process. This handout will walk you through those stages. It is targeted at students in the humanities and social sciences, since their theses tend to involve more writing than projects in the hard sciences. Yet all thesis writers may find the organizational strategies helpful. That depends quite a bit on your field of study.
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When you have a good structure for your thesis, you are already half way in writing your thesis. Since writing a report involves structuring your results and ideas, it is advised to start writing your thesis before the end of the period. You can already start with writing your background, introduction, materials and methods without having any results. This will help you structure your plans. When you have to do everything at the end, most people run out of time, or lose their concentration. A thesis should be nice to read by the reader, so turn it into a story to guide the reader through it.
Tentative outline for thesis writing
Think of yourself as a member of a jury, listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have read too far, they want to know what the essay argues as well as how the writer plans to make the argument. After reading your thesis statement, the reader should think, "This essay is going to try to convince me of something.
What system will you use to keep track of your bibliographies? Your reading notes? The quotations, images, or other specific items that jumped out at you during the course of research? If you are writing about a complex event that unfolds over time, constructing a chronology can be helpful.