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Starting Your Thesis (BMC)

Research advice for thesis writers in any discipline, based on the Bryn Mawr College Writing Center thesis workshops.


Scholarly monographs on your topic, as well as editted volumes with chapters specific to your topic, may contain valuable background and contextual information for your research.

Background Reading

To get a big picture view of your topic and to find helpful bibliographies, you may want to start with a Reference source.

Search Tripod for your topic + keywords like "bibliograph*", "handbook", "companion", "encyclopedia", "read* guide", etc. Our Research Guides for particular subjects and courses will often include a "Background Information" or "Getting Started" tab with links to these types of sources.

We also have a few multidisciplinary resources that may be helpful: