Thesis writing resources
This section includes guidelines and other materials that you may find useful as you work on your thesis.
These guidelines and help files are primarily intended for my advisees but students who write their thesis with one of my colleagues may find these files helpful as well.
Literature review thesis
Read the article by Jeffrey Knopf and on the other readings mentioned in the following presentation. The presentation below will help you highlights the key takeaways from the readings and adds practical tips for your writing. Also, I highly recommend reading a couple of articles in Annual Review of Political Science and using them as a template for your own literature review.
Knopf, J. 2006. Doing a Literature Review. PS: Political Science & Politics, 39(1), 127-132. doi:10.1017/S1049096506060264
Research paper and extended position paper
The following presentation explains what a research-paper thesis should look like. An extended position paper is similar and it is also discussed in the presentation.
It is also very helpful to read the literature on the topic thoroughly and find a model article or thesis that will serve as a model for your thesis. (Note: The extended position paper is not one of the available options for students of the following major: Evropská studia)
Policy paper is a specific type of writing. In a nutshell, it presents a problem, highlights the problem's importance. Then it presents, evaluates, and recommends solutions.
The guidelines by Young and Quinn give an in-depth account of how to write a policy paper.
The presentation highlights the key points about what a policy paper is and how to structure a thesis of this kind.
Other useful documents:
Please note, that the required length of the thesis may differ by the program you study. Always check the current required length criteria for a thesis in your program.
The following is specifically for my advisees: