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Thesis Turned Cookbook Helping Million+

What do eggs, dried beans, rice, oatmeal, yoghurt, and seasonal vegetables all have in common?  They are food staples in Good and Cheap, a cookbook designed to help people live on $4/day.  For her master’s thesis at New York University, Leanne Brown challenged herself to create affordable, healthy, and tasty meals for students, seniors, people on food stamps, and anyone else on a tight budget.

Good and Cheap Book Covers

In her own words, “I wanted to make something that not only summed up the work I had done during my studies, but also had a useful life outside of academia…it bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement. I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.”

Her thesis turned kickstarter project has resulted in one million+ free or discounted cookbooks.

Mouthwatering recipes include:

  • Broiled Grapefruit
  • Cold (and Spicy?) Asian Noodles
  • Cornmeal Crusted Veggies
  • Brussels Sprout Hash and Eggs
  • Potato Leek Pizza
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Collards
  • Half-Veggie Burgers
  • Coconut Chocolate Cookies

Inspired to try out some of these recipes?  You can download a free copy of Good & Cheap or purchase a print copy (and a second copy will be donated)

Peer Review

The Oxford English Dictionary defines peer review as, “The process by which an academic journal passes a paper submitted for publication to independent experts for comments on its suitability and worth; refereeing.”  Peer review a process that protects scholarship by confirming that the research and writing of a scholarly article is valid, original, of high quality, and relevant to the journal to which it has been submitted. Usually articles in a peer reviewed journal have been reviewed by 2-5 independent experts in the field. The most commonly used forms are single and double-blind methods of review, where either the author, or the reviewer, or both, do not know each others identities. That acts as a protection against favoritism.

How is a PRJ different than other magazines?

In journal world, there are basically three types of journals: scholarly (peer reviewed), popular, and trade. Popular journal names include Vogue, Popular Science, Time and Rolling Stone. Trade journals include such names as American Architect, Maritime Journal, and the Progressive Farmer, and are between popular and scholarly. Those two types include heavy advertising specifically aimed at their readership, usually in the profession in question, are written for a general population, and do not usually include notes or bibliographies. They are usually monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly.

peer review limiter in OneSearchPRJs, on the other hand, are written by credentialed experts in the field, use technical language specific to the subject, and are written for scholars, researchers and students. They are often bi-monthly or quarterly publications, and contain very little (but highly specialized) advertising. Examples of PRJs include Developmental Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, and Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. Keep in mind that just because a journal is a PRJ, editorials and book reviews are not necessarily peer reviewed.

How to Find Peer Reviewed Articles and Journals

There are three ways to narrow your searches.

The first method is to narrow your search results by Peer Reviewed in OneSearch or a database that offers that option. Just because the journal is peer reviewed, however, does not mean that everything contained inside is peer reviewed.  Editorials, letters to the editor, and book reviews are generally not peer reviewed, so use caution when choosing your resources!

Secondly, use the Publication Search to find information about the journal.  The journal’s detailed record page will list varied and useful information about the publication, including whether or not it is peer reviewed.

The third method is to find the official website of the journal that contains an article that you have found (this is an appropriate use of Google), and you should find your answer on the home page. An example of this is the ISHS website, which describes the content, the level of peer review that is adhered to, and offers links to their editorial board and publisher information as well.


Get Help from a Librarian

The UI&U Library contains millions of scholarly resources, and we know it can sometimes seem challenging to navigate through them. Road sign saying, "we welcome questions. Your librarians are happy to help. Ask us anything, this is a no judgement zone."Luckily, library staff members are here to assist you by email, phone, text, or chat.  We welcome questions, so please let us know if you are struggling with anything.  This is a no judgement zone.

Chat: Ask a Librarian
Call: 800-871-8165 x8747
Text: 802-294-2848

After Hours Appointments

If you need assistance outside of regular hours, please schedule an appointment in advance and we would be happy to meet with you.  We will work around your busy schedule.

Publishing Your Work

You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.

Academic Publishing

From Dissertation to Book by Germano

The academic writer’s toolkit by Berger

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by Germano

Writing for Academic Journals by Murray

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing by Rocco

View Academic Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

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Mainstream Publishing

Indie Design: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book edited by Lupton

Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips & Resources for Authors and Publishers by Poynter

The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them by Hill and Power

Publishing Confidential: The Insider’s Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal by Brown

View Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Find UI&U Student Theses and Dissertations

Did you know that UI&U student theses and dissertations are available in OneSearch? You can find UI&U Bachelor’s and Master’s theses, as well as PhD and EdD dissertations with a single search.

Just follow the steps below:

1. Enter your keywords, student author name, or the title of the work into the OneSearch box.
2. On the results page, look for the UI&U Theses and Dissertations limiter on the left sidebar. It is located beneath Source Types.
3. Click on the arrow to view your options and then select your limiter: Dissertations, Bachelor of Arts Theses, or Master of Arts Theses.
4. Your result list will update and you can then click the View PDF Full Text link to access the document or click the blue title link to view the Detailed Record page and abstract.

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Search Tip: If you are looking for UI&U M.A. Theses from a specific field of study, you can enter any of the following subject headings into OneSearch to retrieve relevant results:

  • M.A. final product—Creativity Studies
  • M.A. final product—Health & Wellness
  • M.A. final product—History & Culture
  • M.A. final product—Literature & Writing
  • M.A. final product—Leadership, Public Policy & Social Issues

If you have any questions or would like to set-up a research appointment, please contact your librarians.

Search Tips

Learning how to craft sophisticated searches will decrease the amount of time you spend researching and improve the relevance of your search results.  Visit the Search Tips tutorial in the Help Center to learn about combining concepts, OneSearch limiters, and developing your search.

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Stay Current with Journals in your Field

Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the UI&U Library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!

Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.

Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox!  There is also a journals alert tutorial in the Library Help Center.

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Dissertation, Thesis & Supervision

Congratulations!  You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The UI&U Library has many resources that will help you to plan, research and create your culminating work. Faculty supervisors, we’ve also included a few titles for you.  Your UI&U Librarians have highlighted some favorites, but there are many more theses and dissertation handbooks in OneSearch.

We welcome any suggestions from students and faculty about other ebooks that would help to improve our collection, so please let us know of any helpful and interesting titles!

Book Covers

How to Write a Thesis (Masters) How to Write a Thesis provides an invaluable resource to help students consider, plan and write their theses. The third edition of this best-selling and well loved book builds on the success of the second edition. –Publisher’s description

How to Write a Thesis (Doctoral) By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy’s most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis — from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English… -Publisher’s Description

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation (Doctoral) Dissertations aren’t walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors’ successful work at the Denver-based Scholars’ Retreat. –Publisher’s description

Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors (Doctoral) The aftermath of graduate school can be particularly trying for those under pressure to publish their dissertations. Written with good cheer and jammed with information, this lively guide offers hard-to-find practical advice on successfully turning a dissertation into a book or journal articles that will appeal to publishers and readers. It will help prospective authors master writing and revision skills, better understand the publishing process, and increase their chances of getting their work into print. This edition features new tips and planning tables to facilitate project scheduling, and a new foreword by Sandford G. Thatcher, Director of Penn State University Press. –Publisher’s description

Understanding Supervision and the PhD (Faculty) Explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. –Publisher’s description

Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses (Faculty) Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses is a practical, research-backed guide to creating a course that is valuable for both the student and the school. The book covers the design, administration, and teaching of capstone courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum, guiding departments seeking to add a capstone course, and allowing those who have one to compare it to others in the discipline. The ideas presented in the book are supported by regional and national surveys that help the reader understand what’s common, what’s exceptional, what works, and what doesn’t within capstone courses. -Publisher’s description

Additional Supervision Resources


Locating Qualitative Research

Locating qualitative research studies can be a challenge because the methodology is not usually indexed.  However, using the right keywords can help you locate the research articles you need.

Here is a list of recommended keywords to include in your search:

Concept Suggested Keywords
Qualitative qualitative
Action Research “action research”
Case Study “case stud*”
Ethnographic ethnograph*
  • interview*
  • “semi-structured interview*”
  • “structured interview”
  • “unstructured interview*”
Mixed Method
  • multimethod*
  • “multi method*”
  • “mixed method*”
  • “multistrategy research”
Phenomenology phenomenol*
  • survey
  • quasi-experimental
  • pretest OR posttest


Smart Shopping

Smart shopping involves saving time and money by selecting the best product.  You don’t want something that will fall apart within the year, and that requires product research.  OneSearch search for coffee maker reviews.

The library collection includes publications with product reviews, such as Consumer Reports, Wired, and others.

To find product reviews in the library, go to the search box on the library homepage and search for your product or product type, i.e. “coffee makers” (see search tips tutorial). 

Once in OneSearch, limit the publication date to the last few years.  You can narrow the search results further by adding the keyword “reviews” to the search box or specifying “Reviews” as the Source Type (limits to product reviews, book reviews, film reviews, etc.).

Sweethome WebsiteOther great places for product research are The Wirecutter and The SweetHome websites, which list “the best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get.”  The websites include reviews for hundreds of products and are worth checking whether you are buying a TV or a can opener. 

So before you hit the holiday sales, make sure you are getting the best value for your money with product reviews.

And when in doubt, homemade gifts or a gift-free Christmas create memories that last a lifetime.