Large Projects

Large Projects

The purpose of this section is to consider projects that are bigger than the typical course paper. They may be bigger because they will result in a longer written document. Or they may be bigger because the nature of the research requires more work. Much of the process is similar to what has been discussed elsewhere. Overall, a logical way to use this website would be to concentrate on the following pages in roughly the following order.

  1. Select and begin researching a topic.
  2. Formulate a research question and thesis
  3. Choose an appropriate research method
  4. Write a research prospectus
  5. Do more research and collect data, this time focused on answering the research question, and utilizing the chosen method to assess answers to that question
  6. Make a tentative outline
  7. Organize your notes
  8. Write your first draft
  9. Seek feedback on that draft
  10. Revise
  11. Submit

However, the larger issue with bigger projects often is time management. Whether it is an undergraduate senior project, a Master’s essay, or a PhD dissertation, this will be critical issue to address.

See the section: “Organization and Time Management“.

Regardless of what you plan to do it is always important to be in touch with your primary advisor and/or course instructor.  They may have advice or instructions that vary from those presented here.  This website is meant to be used as a general guide, to supplement — not replace — what they provide.

updated July 12, 2017 – MN