Dissertations and Theses: Some Tools to Support Your Progress

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

Email is the best way to contact me. neciap@uark.edu

I've set my office phone to forward to my cell phone. We'll see how that works.

I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Skype or Facetime (until we are back to face to face).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides to your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

Systematic Literature Reviews--

Systematic literature reviews are both a summary of what's known and contain recommendations for practice, which is why they are more common in applied sciences. Often, they may say what is likely to work well, what's not supported sufficiently to be recommended, and what practices are not recommended! Some include an economic evaluation, as what may work best in the lab may not be affordable in the field. 

Links to databases with systematic reviews

Graph of study strength

How to Read a Paper (Medical research in particular) from BMJ