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Research Guides

COLG 396 (Thesis Proposal) and COLG 398 (Thesis)

Information for students involved in the All College Thesis process

Umberto Eco

​Take a little time to read this excerpt from a delightfully funny and unpretentious guide that delivers not just practical advice for writing a thesis — from choosing the right topic to note-taking and mastering the final draft — but meaningful lessons that equip writers for a lifetime outside the walls of the classroom.

“Your thesis is like your first love” Eco muses. “It will be difficult to forget. In the end, it will represent your first serious and rigorous academic work, and this is no small thing.” “Full of friendly, no-bullshit, entry-level advice on what to do and how to do it,”praised one critic, “the absolutely superb chapter on how to write is worth triple the price of admission on its own.”