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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.

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
See our research appointments scheduler to meet with a librarian.

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