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Tips for Winter Study 99 Proposals: Home

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.

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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.

For further information see the videos in the Developing Research Questions portion of Literature Review: A Self-Guided Tutorial

  • 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
See our research appointments scheduler to meet with a librarian.

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