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Locating Senior Projects in OneSearch

Many of the students you are researching may have submitted a senior project. You can search all senior projects submitted to the library on the library catalog: 

This is useful for several reasons, including:

  • What topics interested the students?
  • What was their major department?
  • When approximately did they graduate?

Tips for searching for international students in senior projects:

  • You will only find senior projects for students who were in a degree program. Students who were enrolled for non-degree programs were not required to write a senior project. Not all degree students submitted their senior projects to the library.
  • Start with a search of the last name. First names may vary based on publication (for example, michael vs. mike). Then narrow down as needed.
  • Keyword-search country name to see if there are senior projects relating to a specific country or place
  • Read the senior project to see if there is an introduction or acknowledgements that provide more information about the author

How to search for senior projects in the library catalog:

Senior projects are all cataloged in the library's catalog. However, it is important to know what exactly the catalog is searching. 

Senior projects are ONLY searchable by author name, author's department, and title. There are no subject headings, keywords, abstracts, or full-text searching of pre-2009 senior projects.

How to limit your search to just senior projects

Use the Advanced Search

Change "Any Field" to "Local Collections" and type "senior project"