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Every year, the Winter Study Committee rejects Winter Study 99 proposals that do not contain a clear intellectual challenge, are not coherent, or not feasible. Don't be left in the cold next Winter Study - follow these tips and you'll put yourself on track to write a successful proposal.
Tips for Winter Study 99 Proposals
- Ask an open-ended question: How? What? Why?
- Watch out for questions that are too broad for a 10-page paper.
- Be careful not to define your question so narrowly that there is no research on it or would be too difficult for you to research.
- Do preliminary searches in Google, the library catalog, and library article databases.
- Search for scholars and organizations doing research on your topic.
- Get background information on research methodologies you plan to use.
- Research your location, if doing an off-campus 99.
- Include a combination of books, articles, and websites.
- Don't limit your bibliography to what is available at Williams. Use interlibrary loan to borrow from other libraries.
- Indicate which items you have read and which ones you plan to read.
- Be sure to show that you have done a comprehensive literature review.
The job of Reference Librarians is to help you find information. We can help you:
- Identify the best tools to find the best sources
- Determine the best search strategies
- Evaluate your sources
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