Services for Undergraduate Thesis Writers

Workshops for Thesis Writers & expanded InterLibrary Loan privileges
Honors Study Carrels
Extended library borrowing period for thesis writers
Research assistance

Workshops for thesis writers

The library offers workshops for senior thesis writers and essayists each September. Thesis writers who attend get expanded interlibrary loan services.  Topics covered in the workshops: interlibrary loans, reference services, information technology, finding resources here and elsewhere, EndNote, and more. 

Thesis writer workshops will be offered Monday Sept 24 through Thursday Sept 27 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.  No registration necessary, just drop in.  Meet at the Olin Library Research Services Desk.

Honors Study Carrels

We offer library carrels for undergraduate thesis writers.  Carrels are assigned by lottery each September. All carrels are wired for direct network access.

Seniors who are Honors candidates may apply to be assigned a carrel. There is a separate application process for carrels in Olin and in SciLi.

Please note:  Because of number of carrels and applicants, it is not possible for students to choose a carrel or for students to switch carrels.  If a student is assigned a carrel and chooses not to accept it, their name will be added to the bottom of the waiting list and the student at the top of the list will be offered the carrel.

In order to retain a carrel, a student must remain on the list of Honors candidates.  The list is regularly re-issued throughout the academic year, and students with carrels who are not on the current Honors list will be required to vacate their carrel so it may be assigned to someone else.

All students must surrender their carrels as soon as they complete their theses. Keys must be returned by Tuesday, April 23th 2019, by 4:00 pm. Failure to return your key on time will result in an $85 charge to your student account for a lock change.

The application process for 2018

In Olin Library there are 86 single closed carrels and 6 doubles; so 98 students can be accommodated in closed carrels in Olin.

Since 170 or more senior Honors candidates are eligible for a carrel, and most apply for one, to be as fair as possible, Olin carrels are assigned by lottery each fall.  Eligible seniors who are not assigned a carrel are put on a waiting list.  If a carrel becomes free during the academic year, the next student on the waiting list is offered the carrel.

In Science Library there are 12 assignable carrels on the ground floor that are open workstations with lockable compartments; on the second floor there are an additional 8 closed carrels that are small rooms open at the bottom and top.  A total of 20 students can be assigned carrels in the Science Library.

You may apply for a carrel in the Science Library by completing a paper application.  Also, empty SciLi carrels will be assigned after the Olin lottery on a first-come, first-served basis if there is no waiting list for them.

Monday, September 3, 2018:  Online carrel applications for Olin Library are available in your student portfolio by clicking on the Honors Carrel Application link in the Library bucket. The Science Library has a separate assignment process using paper applications, which are available at the SciLi circulation desk.

Friday, September 14, 2018, 4:00 pm:  Deadline for submitting your application (both Olin electronic application and Science Library paper application).  Carrels will be assigned to applicants by lottery; applicants who are not assigned a carrel will be placed on a waiting list.  Applications submitted after the deadline are added to the end of the waiting list in the order they are received.

Thursday, September 20, 2018Olin Library carrel students will be notified via email of their carrel assignments.

Monday, September 24, 2018: Science Library carrel students will be notified via email or telephone of their carrel assignments.

Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:00 pmOlin carrel keys must be picked up in the Library Office by this deadline.  If a carrel key is not picked up by then, the carrel will be issued to the next person on the waiting list. 

Friday, September 28, 2018Science Library carrel keys will become available for pickup. Please see Linda Hurteau in the Science Library Circulation Office.  

Friday, October 5, 2018, 4:00 pm: Science Library carrel keys must be picked up by this deadline, or the carrel will be reassigned.


Research assistance

We encourage you to make an appointment with a reference librarian for research assistance when you write your thesis. A librarian will provide you with useful information and advice on how to conduct your research efficiently.  Make an appointment.

Please note: If you plan to write a thesis that will be based on publications you find while you are abroad, please bear in mind that it is often difficult for the Interlibrary Loan Department to gain timely access to unpublished or non-English materials, or foreign government publications.