Research, Thesis, Capstone and Dissertation Information
Boston University Libraries are pleased to announce that processing fees for submitting theses and dissertations to Mugar Memorial Library may now be paid online using a variety of credit card options. The payment link is available on the Research Guide for Writers of Theses & Dissertations. The submission process is now completely online. When graduate students submit a thesis or dissertation to the Library via the online ETD Administrator, they are now able to complete the process with an online payment. If you have any questions about this service you can contact Brendan McDermott, Thesis/Dissertation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 353-9387.
General Research, Thesis & Dissertation Information
- Mugar Library Webpage for Thesis and Dissertations
- GMS Faculty List
- IRB 101 for BUMC Graduate Students IRB Submission with Mary-Tara Roth, Director, Clinical Research Resources Office (CRRO). View Video Recording or Slides.
- Research Support
- RCR Training
- Video Tutorials for Thesis & Dissertation Electronic Submission
- The Mugar Library requires that a copyright page be added to all theses/dissertations. Please add a copyright page after the title page and include it on the Table of Contents. Make sure you re-number all the preliminary pages appropriately. Adding the copyright page does not mean you must register for copyright. You can find a sample of the copyright page in the Masters Thesis Prepage Template (updated Jan/2014).
- Dissertation and Thesis Formatting Tips -2016
- Sample Letter Requesting Circulation Restriction for Thesis or Dissertation: Most students do not request delayed circulation however if desired (due to special circumstances such as a pending patent), you will need to submit a letter requesting Circulation Restriction – embargo options are one year or two years. Letter must be signed by student and primary reader – add an additional line for GMS Provost signature and submit to the GMS Registrar with the final thesis/dissertation paperwork by the deadline. Signature from the GMS Provost will be obtained by the GMS Registrar.
- Sample Letter Requesting Permission to Use Copyrighted Material in Thesis or Dissertation
Masters Thesis & Capstone Information
- GMS_Masters Thesis Template (updated Jan/2014) PLEASE NOTE: The Research Guide For Writers Of Theses (#1 above) indicates that a Master’s thesis abstract should be no more than 250 words. GMS Abstracts can be up to 750 words (approximately 2 pages).
- MS in Medical Sciences General Thesis Information
- Oral Health Sciences Capstone Information
BU Open Access Information and ProQuest
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
- Theses and Dissertations electronically submitted in 2014 or later are now searchable via Proquest
ACCESS TO PLAGIARISM CHECK FOR GMS STUDENTS
Turnitin is an online plagiarism checking tool that compares your work with existing online publications.
To gain access:
- Request access to the Plagiarism-Check Blackboard site
- Access to this site will be continuous throughout your time in GMS
How it works:
- Upload your papers to Blackboard Learn to check for similarity index
- Submit multiple versions of papers, take home assignments, theses or dissertations and rewrite text as needed
- Having personal Turnitin access through Blackboard Learn allows you to confidentially check your written work for potential plagiarism. With a close inspection of the results Turnitin may also help with incorrect quotation and missing citations.Turnitin for GMS graduate students:
- Follow this link to request access to Turnitin via Blackboard Learn:
- Click on the Plagiarism-Check Blackboard site
- You will be asked to give your name, email BUID and the submission type (i.e. Dissertation, Thesis or Paper) and your GMS program affiliation.
- After verifying you are not a robot, you be should sent to a new page and get a notification saying “We have received your request to be added to the plagiarism check Blackboard Learn site.”
It will take some time for your request to be approved (at least 10 min, possibly 24 hr).
The next time you log in to Blackboard, under ‘My Courses’ in the right-hand column you should see the entry: “GMS Plagiarism Check”. Click this link to access Turnitin.
To submit a document, click on “Turnitin Submission” on the left-hand panel
- Then click on “>> View/Complete” (The first time you use Turnitin it will ask you to agree the user agreement).
If you have never submitted a document before there should be a submit button. If you have submitted before you will need to click the resubmit button to submit your new or revised document. You may get a warning that resubmitting will replace your earlier submission. It also reminds you that you can only upload 3 documents in 24 hours.
- You can browse to find the document on your computer then click ‘upload’
- You will get a message saying it may take up to 2-min to load
- Once the document is loaded be sure to click on ‘confirm’
- You should get a congratulatory message. (You will also get an email confirming the successful submission.)
- Click on the link to return to submission list
- You will likely see that your document ‘similarity’ index is ‘processing.’ The algorithm may take a few hours to run. You will need check back and see when it has finished.
- When Turnitn has completed its work, the status will be changed, and on the “View/Complete” page and will get a similarity index. The lower this index, the better.
- Press “view” on the far right to see the submitted manuscript with Turnitin’s Feedback Studio which has some interesting automation features. Alternatively, you can download the results with the arrow icon on the far right of the display