Q. I need to write a thesis proposal, but am not sure where to start.
A thesis proposal is comprised of the first threee chapters - background, aims, methods, and public health significance. Don't worry over the results, discussion, conclusion, etc just yet.
SPH's Research Services and the SPH Library have the resources to help answer any questions you may have about this process.
The Research Services Student Research web site offers helpful links on how to get started, MPH Culminating Experience (CE), theses and dissertations. You can find thesis and dissertation templates here also. Note: Don't hesitate to contact the SPH Library with formating questions.
Need some extra guidance or would you like to see a sample proposal?
See Rebecca Novak in W-210 or contact her at Rebecca.Novak@uth.tmc.edu.
The SPH Library offers online and print materials to help you in your writing process. Completed theses and dissertations are also available - see the Theses and Disserations section below to learn more.
From the Library homepage (www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/library), click on the Internet Resources button. On the next page, scroll down to Writing Resources.
Here is a sample of what we have available:
Online through NetLibrary
Bailey, S. (2003). Academic Writing: A practical guide for students.
Creme, P. (2008). Writing at University: A guide for students.
Dawkins, R. (2008). Oxford Book of Modern Scientic Writing.
On Permanent Reserve at the Circulation Desk (UTSPH Library)
H 91 B42 1998
Becker, H. S. (1998). Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You're Doing It. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press.
LB 2369 G37 2002
Garson, G. D. (2002). Guide to Writing Empirical Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. New York: Marcel Dekker.
LB 2369 M377 2003
Mauch, J. E., & Birch, J. W. (2003). Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty (5th, rev. and expanded ed.). New York: Marcel Dekker.
Completed Theses and Dissertations
To view c
ompleted theses and dissertations:
· Search the Online Catalog
For a specific topic: In the Advanced Search mode, enter thesis on the first line and your topic of interest on the second.
Dont have a specific topic: You can also search for thesis only, which will retrieve records for all SPH theses or dissertations.
· In print: Look for the wall of orange in the SPH Library
· Online: Go to the Library’s homepage and look under Online Databases--> D--> Digital Dissertations
Full text dissertations are available from 1972 - current.
Full-text theses are available from 2007 - current.