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ED4998 - Education Honors Thesis

Education Subject Librarians

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Karen Liston

Teacher Education, Learning Design and Technology

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Meghan McGowan

Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies

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Undergraduate (UGL): 313-577-8852
Purdy/Kresge: 313-577-6423
Arthur Neef Law: 313-577-6180
Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094

Research Consultation with a Librarian

Your Librarian Liaison can help you with preparing a literature review, getting full text of articles or books from other libraries, or assist you with your citation formatting. Make an appointment with the Librarian for the subject area that is related to your thesis or research proposal.

Karen Liston is the librarian for Teacher Education, which includes the majors Elementary Education, Secondary Education Special Education, and Learning Design and Technology. She is available via email at or via phone at (313)577-5596.

Meghan McGowan is the librarian for Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, which includes the majors Community Health, Exercise and Sport Science, Health and Physical Education Teaching, and Sport Management. She is available via email at

Depending on the subject area of your thesis, it may be that another librarian will be better-equipped to help. You can use the Consultation Request Form below to send an email to the librarian for a specific subject area/department, or you can have a look at Subject Librarian List to see a list of librarians and their associated subject areas.

Examples of Past University Honors Theses

Research Guides & Library Databases

Writing Support

The Writing Center

For assistance with all aspects of writing your thesis or research project, contact the Wayne State Writing Center in Room 2310 on the second floor of the Undergraduate Library. You can get help with all components of your project from research and writing to preparing your presentation.

Thesis Documents

In order to post your thesis to DigitalCommons, the library will need permission from your faculty mentor. This can be done by either having them email the following statement to

I offer my permission for Education Honors student [[your name]] to submit their thesis to DigitalCommons@WayneState.

or by having them fill out the form below and emailing it to

Overview of Honors Thesis Process

  1. Complete the Thesis Proposal form and attach your written project (signed by you and your faculty mentor); turn in to 489 Education c/o Fawne Allossery (
  2. (Recommended) Make an appointment with the Librarian for the subject area that is related to your thesis. A list of librarians and their associated subject areas can be found at, and contact information for the College of Education librarian(s) can be found elsewhere on this guide.
  3. Write your thesis draft.
  4. Submit your thesis final draft in Canvas (through Unicheck, which is activated on the assignment by the ED 4998 instructor) for approval by your faculty mentor.
  5. Once your thesis has been approved, submit a 250-word abstract of your thesis to the ED 4998 Canvas.
  6. (Recommended) Review the materials on Canvas related to DigitalCommons and decide if and how to publish your thesis via DigitalCommons@WayneState.

Citation Management Tools

Use a citation management tool to build a database of your sources, and integrate properly formatted in-text and reference list citations with the click of a button as you write your paper. Online training and resources are available for Zotero, RefWorks, EndNote, and EndNote Online.

Would you like to learn to use a citation manager? Make an appointment with Veronica Bielat, the Honors Librarian. She can provide individual training in-person or online, and get you started in 30 minutes. It's important to begin using a citation manager early in your Honors Thesis project, when you begin to gather information sources.