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Creating a Thesis, Capstone, and Dissertation: Introduction

This guide is meant to provide students with a launching off point for their major final projects


This guide is meant to function as a launching off point for students creating a Senior Thesis, Capstone, or Graduate Dissertation at Suffolk University. It provides resources for research support, copyright information, and more. Since this guide is meant for all disciplines, if you require more department specific information please review our Research Guides, which offer more targeted subject support.

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What is a Thesis/Capstone/Dissertation?

CapstoneWhen students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and - with the guidance of a faculty mentor - produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the topic.

Dissertation/Thesis: A professional manuscript about accurate and meaningful research conducted by the student. 


While the Sawyer Library is always here to support your research journey, make to sure to reach out to your faculty advisor for specific questions about your department's requirements, protocols, and other pertinent information 

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