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 dropped off at Magill Library's Front Desk during the weeks the lottery is being held. Those students who are on leave may fill out an application before they leave or they may send it via mail or email (as a scan).

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: 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: 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: 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: 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."