How to Write a Thesis
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|Section 1: Introduction|
An introduction to the course and what to expect.
|Section 2: Create a Hypothesis-Based Research Question|
The nuts and bolts of creating a hypothesis and a research question.
Worksheet For Creating a Research Question & Hypothesis
Prevent yourself from getting off track with a thesis topic that is impossible to research.
|Section 3: Review the Literature|
Instructions for creating a literature review.
Instructions on how to identify scholarly sources and how to build an annotated bibliography.
Guidelines for Scholarly Sources
Worksheet For How To Read A Journal Article
Worksheet For Creating An Annotated Bibliography
|Section 4: Research and Analyze|
How to operationalize the variables that are in your hypothesis and choose a research design.
Worksheet For Choosing A Research Design
How to efficiently organize and analyze your data.
Worksheet For Bringing Data To The Table
|Section 5: Put It All Together|
The last major stages of writing a thesis: your conclusion, introduction, and abstract.
Worksheet For Writing A Conclusion
Worksheet For Writing An Abstract
I am the first member of my family to go to college and have three degrees in political science -- a bachelor's and a master's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD from the University of Hawai'i. I did my dissertation research in Vietnam -- for which I had to learn Vietnamese well enough to converse in the language without an interpreter -- and I've also traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. My latest area of interest is the politics and history of the Middle East, and I've been traveled to Egypt four times since 2009. Much of what I teach involves the application of economic principles to everyday behavior.
I have fifteen years of full-time teaching experience at the university level and regularly publish literature in scholarly journals on teaching and learning.