Below are resources I’ve compiled for undergrad thesis writers. (I’ll continue to update this whenever I encounter resources I think are useful.)
Developing your topic:
Regression model questions:
Tips on managing papers:
- Throughout thesis-ing you’ll encounter lots of papers. It’s easy to skim dozens of papers one week and then completely forget which one said what the next week. So, to help you out with managing papers, I strongly suggest you use some existing tools to help you out.
- Want to typeset but not sure where to start?
- I made a basic structure of a thesis project in Overleaf for you all. Here it is!1
- Want to build off this template for your own thesis? You can make an Overleaf account and then copy this project and build off this underlying structure for your own thesis. (Instructions on how to copy a project here.)
- Want to try out using Beamer for presenting? Well, here are some Beamer presentations about Beamer presentations (meta):
- Want to leave Beamer for
xaringan? Check out links here under “Using
Making theory diagrams:
- Want to make diagrams for theory concepts?
- More on the template: The project includes a
.texfile (the main text of the paper), a
.bstfile (that’s just there for bibliography style–no need to edit that or worry about it ever), a
.pngfile (an example of an image you can insert into your thesis), and a
.bibfile (the bibtex bibliography file). The thesis is the
.texfile, but it calls on all the other files. It calls on the
.bibfiles to make and format the bibliography and (author-year) citations using AER guidelines. It also calls on the
.pngimage to insert that image into the text. Most commands you need to know to typeset a thesis (make sections, add footnotes, cite papers, add equations, add tables/figures) are shown in the template. The
.bibfile is where you should put the information for articles you’re reading that you’ll want to cite. You’ll create a name for the reference in the bib file (e.g., the first one in the example
.bibfile is named tir11) and then you can call that specific reference at any point in the
.texfile using various cite commands. The bibtex framework will save you so much time when it comes to making a proper set of citations/bibliography. ↩