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EFOP 2140: Higher Education Capstone Seminar

This guide was created to support student research in EFOP 2140

How Do I . .

. . Find sources for my research?

Starting your research can be tough, but these pages can help you along the way.  the best place to start your searching is with PITTCat, our gateway searching tool.   PITTCat does a broad search across all of the library's resources.

. . Find articles on a topic?

        The ULS has access to millions of full-text articles online through the ULS Databases

. . Find tips and techniques on how to use those databases?

. . Get help with writing and citing sources?

. . What if I can't find what I need?

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Learning Proposal

Throughout the semester, you will be working toward the development of a learning proposal related to an inquiry area of your choosing (e.g. student access, student outcomes, student experiences, campus structures, etc.).  While the literature review of your learning proposal will involve the most research, keep in mind that each stage of your proposal can be informed by articles and books that examine the particular educational challenge you investigate.

Literature Review (4-5 pages; 10 points) Draft due by 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 14
You should examine an ample body of relevant literature and professional knowledge (at least 10-15 sources, including peer-reviewed research articles) that will help frame your inquiry area. The review should be succinct, comprehensive, and integrated and demonstrate a clear path of your understanding of the inquiry area and how it is framing your understanding of the specific problem. It should not be a series of annotations or a paragraph-by-paragraph summary of individual articles or chapters. The review should demonstrate a clear path of your understanding of the problem area and how it is framing your understanding of the specific problem. Identify 2-4 themes within the literature and develop those themes into the key sections of this part of the paper. While your review in this section may include interventions or approaches to addressing the problem, this should not be the main focus because interventions will be addressed in Part 2 of the project.

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