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Senior Thesis Resources


Apply for Senior Thesis Borrowing Privileges

Upon application, the Library will extend semester-long borrowing privileges to Haverford students writing senior theses. Please allow 48 hours for processing. You will be notified by email when extended borrowing privileges have been granted.

Please note the following:

  • Any materials checked-out under this privilege are subject to the Library's recall policies (i.e., materials are recallable immediately for course reserve and after two weeks for another patron).
  • This extended borrowing privilege does not apply to materials obtained from Interlibrary Loan, E-ZBorrow, nor to items with normally short loan periods.
  • If academic year privileges are selected, any materials needed for the next semester must be renewed before the end of the current semester. This is not automatic.

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Apply for a Study Carrel

Student carrels are located in Magill Library on the Basement, 1st Tier, 3rd Tier, and 4th Tier.

Any Haverford student may apply for a carrel. Bryn Mawr students who live at Haverford may also apply. A Bryn Mawr student who is majoring at Haverford will have her application considered on a case by case basis.

Two students are assigned to each carrel. Seniors (including Bryn Mawr seniors residing at Haverford) may request a single carrel if they apply during the first two weeks of the fall semester, and the library will make every effort to fill their request. However, as demand fluctuates from year to year, we may not always have sufficient space to do so.

The carrel lottery is held at the beginning of the Fall Semester. Assignments will be e-mailed or can be obtained by inquiring at the desk by the 3rd week of classes in September. Anyone who does not submit an application during the lottery period will be assigned to the carrels that are left on a first-come, first-served basis until there are no carrels left.

Applications for carrels may be picked up and dropped off at Magill Library's Front Desk during the weeks the lottery is being held.

Applications include the rules governing carrel use. By signing the application you are agreeing to abide by these rules. Students may select the person with whom they wish to share a carrel, or they will be assigned a carrel mate during the lottery. For those making application during the lottery period, priority for carrels will be determined in the following order:

  1. Haverford seniors working on a thesis and Haverford students living off-campus (HCA not included).
  2. Other Haverford students who have specified a preference for a carrel on their application.
  3. Those Haverford students who applied and could not be given their choice or who did not specify a preference will be randomly assigned a carrel.

Find Subject-Specific Resources

Subject librarians are happy to work with you in locating and evaluating research resources for your thesis. Find your subject librarian below:

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Search the Senior Thesis Archive

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Browse the Digital Thesis Archive

Browse All (paper & electronic theses)

Prize-Winning Theses

Theses in Special Collections (1897-1918)

Commencement Speeches (1856-1893)

Paper Theses Holdings (listed by department)

Two-Minute Thesis Videos

Two-Minute Thesis: Meghan Sanchez

History major Meghan Sanchez '15 discusses her fall 2014 senior thesis, "'Discriminate but do not persecute': How Mussolini's Urban Plan Affected the Jews of Rome."

Two-Minute Thesis: Eve Gutman

Anthropology major Eve Gutman '15 discusses her spring 2015 senior thesis: "Imagining Hills: Talking About and Understanding Urban Change in Valparaíso, Chile".

Two-Minute Thesis: Charlotte Lellman

French major Charlotte Lellman '15 talks about her spring 2015 senior thesis that looks at how prostitutes were represented in late 18th century France.

Two-Minute Thesis: Sarah Eppler-Epstein

Political science major Sarah Eppler-Epstein '15 discusses her spring 2015 senior thesis, which looks at how to reduce racial and ethnic disparity in the juvenile justice system.

Two-Minute Thesis: Maggie Brown

International Studies major Maggie Brown '15 discusses her spring 2015 senior thesis, which looks at the regulation of prostitution in Europe, with a focus on Sweden and France.

Two-Minute Thesis: Rafi Small

Economics major Rafi Small '15 discusses his spring 2015 senior thesis titled "The Dynamic Link Between Inequality and Economic Growth: A Stochastic Approach".

Two-Minute Thesis: Danny Rothschild

History major Danny Rothschild '15 talks about his spring 2015 senior thesis, which looks at the work of American Quaker relief workers in Germany after World War Two.

Two-Minute Thesis: Leah Hollander

Biology major Leah Hollander '15 talks about her Spring 2015 thesis, "Investigating the Role of the C. elegan's protein kinase G homolog egl-4 in Lawn-Leaving Behavior and Animal Defense".

Two-Minute Thesis: Connor Odekirk

English and Russian major Connor Odekirk '15 talks about his Spring 2015 thesis, which looks at time and consciousness in Vladimir Nabokov's novel Ada.

Two-Minute Thesis: Dawit Habtemariam

Economics major Dawit Habtemariam '15 discusses his Spring 2015 senior thesis, "The Impact of Past Institutions on the Racial Wealth Gap".

Two-Minute Thesis: Iván Sanchez

Political Science major Iván Sanchez '15 discusses his Spring 2015 senior thesis, "Parallel Colonial Designations: How Puerto Rico's Development as a Territory Explains Puerto Ricans' Second Class Citizenship."

Two-Minute Thesis: Hannah Morgan and Katrina Leung

Psychology majors Katrina Leung '15 and Hannah Morgan '15 discuss their Spring 2015 senior thesis,"The Effects of Reducing Racial Biases on Neuro-Responses to Race."

Two-Minute Thesis: Shahzeen Nasim

English major Shahzeen Nasim '16 talks about her spring 2015 thesis project, "James Baldwin's 'Flesh and Blood': in No Name in the Street."

Two Minute Thesis: Joaquin Vargas

Anthropology major Joaquin Vargas '16 talks about his senior thesis, which explores how dominant societal notions of sexuality influence how individuals think about and engage in sex.

Two Minute Thesis: Laura Newman Eckstein

Religion major Laura Newman Eckstein '16 discusses her senior thesis on the intersection of Judaism and mercantilism in the Mississippi Delta during the antebellum period.

Two Minute Thesis: Helen Felker

Spanish and Linguistics double-major Helen Felker '16 describes her senior thesis, which explores the experiences and perspectives of contemporary Zapotec speakers through video interviews and in the context of language policy in Mexico.

Two Minute Thesis: Elise Riley

Linguistics major Elise Riley '16 discusses her senior thesis, which looks at language revitalization practices in the U.S., focusing on three indigenous languages: Navajo, Hawaiian, and Wukchumni.

Two Minute Thesis: Cecily van Buren Freedman

English major Cecily van Buren Freedman discusses her senior thesis, which examines the genre of the neo-slave narrative through Marlon James's 2009 novel "The Book of Night Women."

Two Minute Thesis: Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein

Spanish and art history double major Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein '16 discusses her senior theses, both of which examine works of two Chilean poets during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.