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GEOG 4800: Geography Capstone

A guide to the library resources that will help you complete the prospectus assignment.

Welcome

This guide directs you to the best library resources to use while researching and writing your prospectus for GEOG 4800. I'm the subject librarian for the Geography Department, Erin O'Toole. Feel free to contact me any time with your questions about this assignment or anything else related to the Libraries. Good luck!

What Is a Prospectus?

Basically, a prospectus is a research or project proposal that you present to potential funders, e.g., government bodies, grant agencies like NSF. If this is your first time writing a prospectus, maybe you'd like some guidance on how to get started. Please refer to any information or samples you get from Dr. Hudak first. Then you might want to explore the resources listed below.

What Is Peer Review?

Many instructors require you to use peer-reviewed sources for your papers and projects, but what does that mean?

  • Peer review is the process of having experts in a field review the quality of an article or book before it is published
  • Most articles in scholarly and academic journals are peer-reviewed
  • Books published by university or academic presses are peer-reviewed

Most databases allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles. Here are two examples:

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