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Nursing LibGuide: MSN Capstone

Resources for nursing students.

Alverno Capstone Reports


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.

Moodle MSN Capstone Resources

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Looking for information on preparing your MSN capstone report? Visit the Moodle MSN Capstone Information Site. It provides information on due dates, capstone guidelines, poster guidelines, and more.

Proofreading, Editing, and APA Help

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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.

Or, visit the library's Citing Sources Guide for useful APA resources.

Comprehensive Literature Searching

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.

Searching Multiple Databases in CINAHL

Truncation and Nested Searching

Finding "Descendent" Citations with Google Scholar

Searching the Grey Literature with Google Advanced Search

Writing Your Paper

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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

Nurse Author & Editor

The EQUATOR Network

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.

Submitting your Capstone to the Library

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 below. NOTE: You still have to submit your thesis to your adviser. Check with your department for any additional requirements.

You can choose between:

  • UNRESTRICTED access (recommended) - Submit this form if you want to release your work and make it available to authorized users through the library website. If there are multiple authors on this project, each student must submit a thesis release form.
  • RESTRICTED access - Submit this form if you do not want to release your work and do not want to make it available through the library website.

Alverno College Library Information

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