Alverno College Master of Science in Nursing capstone reports are available through the library's online catalog TOPCAT. Click here to find examples of MSN Practice-based inquiry project/reports.
Alverno's Master of Arts graduate reports can also be found in TOPCAT. Click the here to find examples of a Master's action research report.
The Communication Resource Center (CRC) is located in the Computer Center (RC109D) and provides writing, reading, and speaking assistance.
A 30-minute on-campus appointment can be scheduled during all CRC open hours. Visit the CRC website for current semester hours.
A 60-minute online appointment can be scheduled during evening CRC open hours. See Online CRC Evening Appointments for details.
Visit the library's Basic Nursing Resources tab for more APA resources.
When researching a topic for a capstone project, students may wish to perform a comprehensive literature search in order to find as much information as possible. These handouts provide strategies for comprehensive searching.
Resources to help you write quality literature reviews and papers are available through the Alverno library and also online. Click the tabs located above this box to access recommended books and websites.
Resources for creating your literature review can also be found on the Writing a Literature Review LibGuide.
Learn How to Write a Review of Literature
Formatting Science Reports (IMRAD format)
Nurse Author & Editor
The EQUATOR Network
Daily Writing Tips Blog
Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students (video)
Writing the Literature Review (Part One): Step-by-Step Tutorial for Graduate Students (online tutorial)
If your final capstone paper includes copies of images, charts, graphs, handouts, forms, or other materials that you did not create, you must determine if the copied work is protected by federal copyright law. If it is, you need permission to use the work - unless your use falls under the fair use exception of the copyright law or is permitted through a creative commons license. The Fair Use Checklist will help you determine if your use is considered fair use.
Works that are in the public domain or published by the United States federal government are typically not copyright protected. While you do not need permission to use these works, you must still cite them in your capstone paper. This chart will help you determine if a work is in the public domain.
These tips will help you understand how to get permission to use a copyright protected work.
Is your final capstone paper protected by copyright law? Yes, and you own the rights to your work. It is your intellectual property.
Alverno MSN graduates have the option of having their final capstone paper uploaded to the library's online catalog TOPCAT. To submit your final report to the library, please complete a Thesis Approval Form. NOTE: You still have to submit your thesis to your adviser. Check with your department for any additional requirements.
You can choose between: