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Thesis, Project, & Dissertation

Writing a master's thesis, project or dissertation demonstrates your ability to investigate, develop, and synthesize materials in a formal, scholarly work. While this remarkable achievement may seem overwhelming at times, there are a number of resources available to assist you. The Pfau Library subscribes to a vast collection of journals and e-books to support your scholarly inquiry, and provides research assistance from faculty librarians at the Research Assistance Desk, in graduate workshops, and in individual consultations. The university's Institutional Review Board, whose mission is to protect the rights of human subjects, offers a wealth of information on research guidelines and protocol. The Graduate Writing Center is available to assist with all stages of the writing process, including discipline-specific writing, sources and citations. The university's format, manuscript review and publication process is handled through Graduate Studies; thesis reviewers are available to meet with you and answer your questions. Of course, your greatest resource is your thesis advisor and committee; they are there to guide and advise you, and will insure your content is accurate and follows your discipline's conventions. The complete work should be a source of pride, and provides visible and permanent evidence of your scholarly achievement.

Theses, projects and dissertations are now submitted online at CSUSB ScholarWorks. Please read the review process and deadlines before submitting. To make an appointment with a thesis reviewer, please call our office at (909) 537-5058 or email Graduate Studies at 


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