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Vol. 2, No. 5

January 2006


The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work




Q&A: Sample Paper in APA?

Q: Where can I find a sample paper written in APA style?

A: In two places: in reference materials and in campus archives.


·    Publication Manual of the APA (study the sample paper, pages 306-320, and the differences noted for student papers, pages 321-326).

·    Handbook for the Preparation of the Thesis or Research Paper (the link is on the Graduate Forms web page).


·    BSU student thesis: Search the Library catalog by subject, title, or author; retrieve it from the general collection (4th and 2nd floors); check it out at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor).

·    BSU student research paper: Contact the applicable department or program office.


This month . . .

·      Extended Learning – Online

·      Navigating the Library – You Are Here

·      The Process: Form 4 and Curriculum Vita

·      Q&A: Sample Paper in APA?

Extended Learning – Online

Prep. Desire2Learn (D2L) is the tool for BSU’s online learning courses. After you register for an online course, the Center for Extended Learning mails you course information, including a laminated guide. The guide provides information on setting up your computer for D2L, log-in instructions, tips for online success, and how to get help.

Process. On the course start date, log in and browse the student orientation, which is always available for help in using D2L. Read the syllabus (usually in the Content menu) and rustle up any materials (e.g. books). Then get into gear. Recommended hours per week:  three times the number of credits.  

Problems. Course: the instructor. D2L: technical support (see guide).

For more information, go to

Navigating the Library – You Are Here

You’ve entered the portals of the BSU library. Where are you? This article is first in a series to help you navigate the library, physically and virtually. Unique offerings, in brief:

3rd floor. Entrance and exit; the reference desk is straight ahead for help in finding items.

Clockwise from the desk: printed indexes and abstracts, current five years of periodicals, CDs, media room for the visually and hearing impaired, state and federal government documents, reference collection, and Mac lab. Flanking the entrance: low-cost, short-term storage lockers; and the circulation desk for checking out items, including the restricted and reserve collection.

4th floor. First part (A-P) of the circulating collection (can be checked out); and study carrels with locking bins for free, long-term storage (get a key at the circulation desk).

2nd floor. Second part (Q-Z) of the circulating collection, juvenile and textbook collection, special collections (used in special area), and study rooms.

1st floor. Six-year-old or older periodicals (on compact shelving), ERIC microfiche, newspaper collection (microfiche), computer lab, media lab, and media study rooms and carrels.

Other offerings (and floors): copiers (1,3); microfilm and microfiche readers/copiers (1,3); older media, e.g. slides, tapes, and LPs (1-2); PCs and Macs (1-4); and laptop plug-ins (1-4).

For more information, contact the reference desk, 755-3342; or Bill Shaman, Instruction Librarian, Next month: Finding the Right Stuff

The Process: Form 4 and Curriculum Vita

Form 4: After Form 3 is approved, you will receive Form 4, the Application for Graduation. Submit this form, along with the curriculum vita sheet and a non-refundable $10 graduation fee, to the School of Graduate Studies no later than the first week of the semester in which you plan to complete your oral defense and satisfy all degree requirements for graduation.

·   Graduate faculty representative – Leave blank; assigned by School of Graduate Studies.

·    Summer graduation – If you plan to participate in spring Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 12, 2006, apply by April 1.

Curriculum Vita: This sheet must contain a precise listing of all courses to be used in fulfillment of your master's degree program. Examples are online at the Graduate Forms link.

·   School of Graduate Studies – Information provided to the School of Graduate Studies will be incomplete, because the scheduling of the oral defense and the assigning of the graduate faculty representative will be done later.

·   Oral Examination Committee – Prior to the oral examination, the School of Graduate Studies does a preliminary review of the coursework completed. Subsequently, the candidate must provide the committee with a completed curriculum vita.

For current forms and information, go to and select the Graduate Forms link.

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