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Doing An Honors Thesis?

If you are a student who has been nominated to complete an honor's thesis or project, you have access to certain special privileges through the library to assist you in your work. These privileges, along with some additional services of interest, are highlighted below.

Please contact the appropriate library personnel with questions regarding any of these services.

Services for Honors Students

Individual Thesis Consultation

Your librarians are available to meet with you to discuss research techniques and possible resources to locate information for your specific thesis topic. Please schedule an appointment with any librarian to help you use research tools available at Abell Library and to obtain resources from other libraries.    

Extended Checkout Period

As an honors student, you may check out print materials for 120 days (~4 months) instead of the standard 28-day checkout period for students. This change to your library account should be automatic, but please confirm your status with the Circulation Supervisor when checking out materials. Verify you have received the correct checkout duration with your due date receipts, and contact us with any discrepancies or questions you may have.

TexShare Library Card

August 7, 2020 Update (from Texas State Library and Archives Commission): The TexShare Card Program will begin re-opening on a voluntary basis on August 15, 2020. Not all libraries will be able to participate fully in the program by that date, and there is no requirement that they do so. (More info at TSLAC.)

Abell Library is a participating member of the TexShare program through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that extends free reciprocal borrowing privileges to each other's faculty, staff, and students. Each library has specific rules and regulations regarding access to their materials, so check the lending policy of a particular library for policies, hours, and phone numbers before making a trip to that library. More information on the card can be found here.

  • You must have a TexShare Library Card from your home institution BEFORE you are able to borrow materials from other institutions.
  • Apply for a free TexShare Library Card at the Circulation Desk. Faculty cards are valid for one academic year. Student cards are valid for one semester.
  • Locate a library and find out more about their lending policies here.
  • If you have general questions about TexShare Card policies or circulation issues regarding the TexShare Card, contact the Circulation Department.

NOTE: Please see our Other Libraries page for help locating and searching within other libraries throughout Texas.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a database or catalog search reveals that we do not have a book or journal title in our library, please complete and submit the appropriate Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request form for the item (see buttons below). (Note: you will also find ILL Form links available in many databases as well as the catalog.)

  • Allow five to ten days for requested material to arrive from the lending library. Though interlibrary loan is based upon cooperation between institutions, some do charge for loans or for photocopying. The library will usually pay charges for student requests, and for faculty requests we will charge your departmental account.
  • Books borrowed through ILL are held at the circulation desk, while articles are sent to you via email.
  • You will receive a notification via email that your ILL material has arrived and/or is available.
  • Please contact Interlibrary Loan with any questions.
ILL Article Request Form


(use this form for articles AND book chapters)

ILL Book Request Form


(use this form for entire books/monographs)

NYTimes...for FREE!

You can get the digital edition of The New York Times for free! See this page to find out how.

Find Other Theses!

Austin College Honors Theses

(~1,016 results in WorldCat Discovery)

Managing Your Citations

These are some tools you may use to help you organize and cite your references:

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