Thesis writers are eligible for extended loan periods for books held at Amherst through mid-May, and lockers on a first-come, first-served basis. Come to the circulation desk with your ID for more information. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to have books not held in the Five Colleges sent here, but we recommend that you request we purchase materials you foresee needing for the duration of the writing of the thesis (be sure to select "Senior Thesis" under "FASTER SERVICE").
Research Assistance (Frost Library)
Make an appointment with a subject librarian to kick off your research. These can be anywhere from 30-60 minutes, and we'll talk through what types of sources might be most useful, construct initial search strategies for books and relevant databases, and identify next steps.
In your search for primary resources, don't forget to check the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections first. Our Archivists can help you locate relevant collections at other institutions and give you pointers on how to prepare for a visit and make the most of your research time.
Services for Thesis Writers (The Writing Center)
The Writing Center provides support for thesis writers through one-on-one consultations, writers' retreats, and workshops. Thesis writers are encouraged to meet with a Writing Associate at any stage in the writing process.
Citation & Source Management
The Research & Instruction department can provide assistance for when and how to cite your sources, as well as support for Zotero, a free bibliographic management application. It's best to get started with Zotero early on with a project, so sign up for a workshop or make an appointment with a librarian if you need help getting it set up.
Thesis Guidelines & Electronic Submission (Office of the Registrar)
The Office of the Registrar provides requirements for formatting and depositing theses, including information about the title page, margins, non-written material, restrictions to access, and choosing a Creative Commons license for the electronic version. If you have any questions about how to be part of open access to scholarship, talk to your subject librarian. To see past examples of theses, refer to the access policies of Archives & Special Collections.