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Starting Your Dissertation

Congratulations! You are nearing the end of your academic journey! Now comes the final challenge…writing your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. There are 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 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!

 

They Say, I Say

Available in audiobook format

“The New York Times best-selling book on academic writing―in use at more than 1,500 schools.
“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves.” -Publisher

Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword

Available in ebook and audiobook format

“Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read―and to write. Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce. Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.” -Publisher

Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples. This user-friendly guide helps students get started on–and complete–a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. –Publisher’s description

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation.  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

Doing a literature review by J. Knopf

Students entering a graduate program often encounter a new type of assignment that differs from the papers they had to write in high school or as college undergraduates: the literature review (also known as a critical review essay). Put briefly, a literature review summarizes and evaluates a body of writings about a specific topic. The need to conduct such reviews is by no means limited to graduate students; scholarly researchers generally carry out literature reviews throughout their research careers. In a world where the Internet has broadened the range of potentially relevant sources, however, doing a literature review can pose challenges even to an experienced researcher.In drafting this overview, I have incorporated some points made by Paul Pitman in a lecture delivered to students at the Naval Postgraduate School. I have also incorporated some suggestions contained in a handout prepared by John Odell for students in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. -Extract

 

Writing the literature review: A practical guide. by S. E. Efron & R. Ravid

This accessible text provides a roadmap for producing a high-quality literature review–an integral part of a successful thesis, dissertation, term paper, or grant proposal. Each step of searching for, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing prior studies is clearly explained and accompanied by user-friendly suggestions, organizational tips, vignettes, and examples of student work. Also featured are excerpts from peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods articles. This is the first book to focus on crafting different types of reviews (systematic, traditional–narrative, or hermeneutic–phenomenological) that reflect the writer’s research question, methodological choices, and approaches to knowledge. It describes what all reviews have in common and highlights distinct characteristics of each type. The book includes dos and don’ts for evaluating studies and constructing an argument, and software suggestions for locating, organizing, and arranging sources. -Publisher’s Description

 

Revising your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors.  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

How to Write a Thesis 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 -Publisher’s Description  Also Available as an Audiobook.

From Dissertation to Book. Since its publication in 2005, From Dissertation to Book has helped thousands of young academic authors get their books beyond the thesis committee and into the hands of interested publishers and general readers. Now revised and updated to reflect the evolution of scholarly publishing, this edition includes a new chapter arguing that the future of academic writing is in the hands of young scholars who must create work that meets the broader expectations of readers rather than the narrow requirements of academic committees… –Publisher’s description

 

Faculty Supervision

Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation Despite their and other stakeholders’ consistent demand for excellence, doctoral programs have rarely, if ever, been assessed in terms of the quality of the dissertations departments produce. Yet dissertations provide the most powerful, objective measure of the success of a department’s doctoral program. Indeed, assessment, when done properly, can help departments achieve excellence by providing insight into a program’s strengths and weaknesses. This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation… –Publisher’s description

Understanding Supervision and the PhD. 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. 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

 

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Academic Writing and Publishing

Whether you are interested in publishing your research or just want to improve your academic writing skills, the UI&U Library is here to help. Check out the library’s newest e-books for tips on persuasive and effective writing, finding the right home for your research, and understanding the publishing process. You can also access additional publishing and writing resources in OneSearch.

 

They Say, I Say (audiobook)

“The New York Times best-selling book on academic writing―in use at more than 1,500 schools.
“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and―new to this edition―writing about literature.” -Publisher

Craft of Research

“With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, The Craft of Research has helped generations of researchers at every level—from first-year undergraduates to advanced graduate students to research reporters in business and government—learn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources, anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique.”  -Publisher

Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students

“Now in its fifth edition, Academic Writing helps international students succeed in writing essays and reports for their English-language academic courses. Thoroughly revised and updated, it is designed to let teachers and students easily find the topics they need, both in the classroom and for self-study. The book consists of five parts: The Writing Process Elements of Writing Language Issues Vocabulary for Writing Writing Models The first part explains and practises every stage of essay writing, from choosing the best sources, reading and note-making, through to referencing and proofreading. The four remaining parts, organised alphabetically, can be taught in conjunction with the first part or used on a remedial basis. A progress check at the end of each part allows students to assess their learning. All units are fully cross-referenced, and a complete set of answers to the practice exercises is included. New topics in this edition include Writing in Groups, Written British and American English, and Writing Letters and Emails. In addition, the new interactive website has a full set of teaching notes as well as more challenging exercises, revision material and links to other sources. Additional features of the book include: Models provided for writing tasks such as case studies and essays Use of authentic academic texts from a wide range of disciplines Designed for self-study as well as classroom use Useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate level Glossary to explain technical terms, plus index Written to deal with the specific language issues faced by international students, this practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to academic writing in English.” -Publisher

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing

“The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing is a groundbreaking resource that offers emerging and experienced scholars from all disciplines a comprehensive review of the essential elements needed to craft scholarly papers and other writing suitable for submission to academic journals. The authors discuss the components of different types of manuscripts, explain the submission process, and offer readers suggestions for working with editors and coauthors, dealing with rejection, and rewriting and resubmitting their work. They include advice for developing quality writing skills, outline the fundamentals of a good review, and offer guidance for becoming an excellent manuscript reviewer.” -Publisher

Stylish Academic Writing

Available in ebook and audiobook format

“Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read―and to write. Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce. Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.” -Publisher

Essentials of Publishing Qualitative Research

“Getting a qualitative article or book published involves more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. You also need to know how to navigate the social relations of presenting your work to the journal editor or book publisher—and how to craft your message to them—if you want to be successful. Written by a highly-respected publisher of qualitative research, this brief, practical resource shows you how to identify the right home for your work. It also guides you through the publications process– from crafting the abstract to writing, production, and marketing–once you’ve found the best publisher. The author -demystifies what publishers and journal editors do, how they make their decisions on qualitative articles, research studies, and methods. [Also] discusses edited books, how to publish from your dissertation, and when to consider open access and electronic publications. Includes case studies, appendixes, forms, and resources to help the aspiring academic” -Publisher

First Steps in Journal Article Writing

“This concise and practical volume guides the reader through the process of article writing for submission to scholarly journals. It provides helpful examples and clarification of the steps involved and will prove to be an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced researchers. Chapters include selecting a topic, proposal design, research design and methodological considerations, submitting an article for publication and the role of critical readers.” -Publisher

Publishing Journal Articles

“This accessible, informative and entertaining book provides practical strategies to help maximize the chances of success in getting your work published in the journal of your choice. It offers advice on vital topics such as: how to write and get the style right; what to select for publication; how to plan for success; how to cope with writer’s block; working with editors and reviewers; and how to cope with rejection. It is a must-have book for anyone seeking to write for successful journal publication.” -Publisher

Successful Academic Writing: A Complete Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists

“Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond. The authors delve into nitty-gritty aspects of structure, style, and language, and offer a window onto the thought processes and strategies that strong writers rely on. Essential topics include how to: identify the audience for a particular piece of writing; craft a voice appropriate for a discipline-specific community of practice; compose the sections of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research article; select the right peer-reviewed journal for submitting an article; and navigate the publication process. Readers are also guided to build vital self-coaching skills in order to stay motivated and complete projects successfully.” -Publisher

Write it Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles

“How do you write good research articles — articles that are interesting, compelling, and easy to understand? How do you write papers that influence the field instead of falling into obscurity? Write It Up offers a practical and revealing look at how productive researchers write strong articles. The book’s guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style.” -Publisher

Writing Research Critically: Developing the Power to Make a Difference

“This is not a standard guide to writing a dissertation, thesis, project report, journal article or book. Rather, this book will help researchers who are dissatisfied with the typical recipe approaches to standardized forms of writing-up and want to explore how academic writing can be used to greater effect. Packed with examples from a range of writing projects (papers, dissertations, theses, reports, journal articles and books), this book provides a practical and refreshing way to approach and present research. Through case studies the authors offer a step-by-step guide from the early stages of planning a writing project, whether an undergraduate paper or a professional publication, to the polishing processes that make the difference between a merely descriptive account to an argument that intends to be critical and persuasive. This book will inspire a wide range of researchers from undergraduates to postgraduates, early career researchers and experienced professionals… and demonstrate how research can have more impact in the real world. -Publisher

The Productive Graduate Student Writer: How to Manage Your Time, Process, and Energy to Write Your Research Proposal, Thesis, and Dissertation and Get Published

This book is for graduate students–and others–who want to become more productive writers. It’s especially written for those who want to:

• increase their motivation, focus, and persistence to move a project to completion
• overcome procrastination and perfectionistic tendencies
• reduce (or write in spite of) their anxiety and fear of writing
• manage their time, work, energy (and advisor) for greater productivity

The process or craft of sustained writing is not a matter that’s taught to undergraduate or graduate students as part of their studies, leaving most at sea about how to start a practice that is central to a career in academe and vital in many other professional occupations.

This book grew out of conversations Jan Allen has held with her graduate students for over 30 years and reflects the fruit of the writing workshops and boot camps she has conducted at three universities, her own and numerous colleagues’ experiences with writing and advising, as well as the feedback she receives from her popular Productive Writer listserv.

While Jan Allen recognizes that writing is not an innate talent for most of us, she demonstrates that it is a process based on skills which we can identify, learn, practice and refine. She focuses both on the process and habits of writing as well as on helping you uncover what kind of writer are you, and reflect on your challenges and successes. With a light touch and an engaging sense of humor, she proposes strategies to overcome procrastination and distractions, and build a writing practice to enable you to become a more productive and prolific writer.

Jan Allen proposes that you read one of her succinct chapters – each devoted to a specific strategy or writing challenge – each day, or once a week. When you find one that increases your concentration, motivation or endurance, make it a habit. Try it for two weeks, charting the resulting increased productivity. It will become part of your repertoire of writing and productivity tools to which you can progressively add.

Dissertations and Theses in OneSearch

Looking for dissertations on your research topic? The library is pleased to announce that most ProQuest Dissertations and Theses are now available to read online directly from OneSearch.

Select the Dissertations/Theses limiter in sidebar to limit search results. Click the "show more" limiter if it is not visible.Use the following steps to locate dissertations and theses:

  1. Search by keywords, author name, or the title in OneSearch
  2. In the left sidebar, select the Source Type “Dissertations/Theses.”
    If missing, click the “show more” link in the source types section to see all options.
  3. Click “Read online.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctoral students should also search ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses Global database as not all ProQuest dissertations are indexed in OneSearch. If you have questions, or would like research assistance, please contact your UI&U Librarians.

Publish 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 All Academic Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

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 All Publishing Ebooks in OneSearch

Ebook on a laptop

Dissertation, Thesis & Faculty Handbooks

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 [by Rowena Murray] 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… -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

Making the Implicit Explicit: Creating Performance Expectations for the Dissertation (Faculty) Despite their and other stakeholders’ consistent demand for excellence, doctoral programs have rarely, if ever, been assessed in terms of the quality of the dissertations departments produce. Yet dissertations provide the most powerful, objective measure of the success of a department’s doctoral program. Indeed, assessment, when done properly, can help departments achieve excellence by providing insight into a program’s strengths and weaknesses. This book and the groundbreaking study on which it is based is about making explicit to doctoral students the tacit “rules” for the assessment of the final of all final educational products—the dissertation… –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

 

 

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)

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.

UI&U Theses and Dissertations Limiter in OneSearch


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.