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Thesis Research 101

Slides and resources to accompany Booth Library's graduate research seminars: Researching the Literature; Citation Management software (Mendeley & Zotero); Presenting your Thesis.

Spring 2022 webinars

Spring 2022 Webinars

The recordings for these webinars will be lade available on EIU's KalturaMediaSpace streaming channel in the near future. 

Graduate Thesis Research Webinar 1: Researching the Literature
March 8, 2022, 2 p.m.
Topics that will be covered include:
- What are your online research destinations?
- How do you know when you have enough?
- Identify key journals and key databases.
- Understand controlled vocabularies and how they can benefit your research.
- Learn about open access, open research, and alternative sources for research.

Graduate Thesis Research Webinar 2: Citation Management Software

March 9, 2022, 2 p.m.
Topics that will be covered include:
- Save your sources to one convenient location and access via the cloud.
- Create formatted citations and your reference section in seconds (really!).
- Understand the software options and features.
- Export citation information using library databases.

Graduate Thesis Research Webinar 3: Presenting and Submitting your Thesis

March 10, 2022, 2 p.m.
Topics that will be covered include:
- How to submit your thesis online via The Keep
- What happens to your thesis to achieve certification by the Graduate School
- How to order personal or departmental print copies of your thesis

Working On A Graduate Thesis?

Working on a thesis? We can help!

Do you have questions about resources and strategies to help you find all the relevant research?
Do you feel confident that your review of the scholarly literature is as thorough as it could be?
Are you happy with the format and accuracy of the works you cite?
The Research, Engagement and Scholarship Librarians will gladly meet with you to help make your thesis the best it can be.

Why should you make an appointment with an research support librarian?

  • ​Library faculty have expertise in your field of study.
  • We know what library resources are available on your particular thesis topic.
  • We can help you find the BEST sources for your research.
  • We will help you locate helpful research from throughout the world.
  • We can provide advice on the proper way to cite sources.
  • Let’s get started! Make an appointment with a librarian today!
    For the Master's Thesis manual and additional information about the preparation and submission of your thesis, see the Graduate School's thesis and research page.
    Completed master’s theses should be brought to Booth Library’s Circulation desk for bindery processing*. For assistance, call 217-581-6071

*beginning January 1, 2020, Thesis will only be accepted by electronic submission. 

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