Undergraduate Thesis Assistance

Tisch Library actively supports undergraduate thesis research. Students are encouraged to meet with librarians individually in order to gain an increased awareness of relevant library resources, and learn how to use them as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Take our 8-week mini-course Research 4 Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects

Reference librarians, along with guest speakers, teach this ½ credit, pass/fail course during which you will be introduced to the major research tools and search techniques specific to your subject area.

Who should take it?

Any undergrad who plans a major research project while at Tufts. Don't assume you've learned all there is to know about library research by using Google or attending an English 1 library workshop.

Who teaches it?

What will you learn?

Using hands-on activities in (and outside of) class, you will:

  • Learn to conduct in-depth research in databases, web resources, primary sources and many other tools and collections.
  • Evaluate the literature you find.
  • Develop a working bibliography of resources and a plan for continuing your research. The bibliography will help you make an early choice for a thesis advisor.
  • Ground yourself in future graduate research skills and resources at Tufts or elsewhere.

What is the homework load?

Expect to spend 1-3 hours outside of class for every class session.

What have students said who have taken it?

  • I would recommend this course to other students because I think it has really helped me to use the resources available to me. I don't think a lot of students are aware of the potential that Tufts has for research.
  • I feel that I have learned a great deal during the course and now know about many new programs that will help my research in the future. I enjoyed the teaching methods and found it very useful to go over specific search engines and programs in detail.
  • I can't believe I've gone this long without knowing even the basics of how to do research.

When and where will the class be taught?

The class is held in the Fall on Wednesdays from 5pm-7:30pm. See SIS for more information.

Meet with a librarian

Reference librarians all have areas of expertise; see our staff directory to make an appointment with a reference librarian who specializes in your subject area.

If you aren't sure who to contact, complete the appointment request form, and a librarian will contact you.

You may also wish to attend one of our drop-in workshops.

Getting materials from other libraries

Tufts is a member of the Boston Library Consortium. You can apply for a BLC card at the circulation desk, which allows you to visit and borrow books from BLC member libraries. You may also use the WorldCat to search for books and request that they be sent to Tisch Library for you to check out.

If titles you're looking for aren't in the BLC Virtual Catalog, use ILLiad, our nationwide interlibrary loan network .

If you have any questions about requesting materials from other libraries, chat, stop by, call, or e-mail the reference desk. The librarians will be happy to assist you.