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Information Technology Management at Webster University Library

Capstone paper versus a formal thesis

Graduate students in most Walker Business School programs complete a 6000/capstone paper or project rather than a more formal thesis as is outlined in the University's Graduate Thesis & Dissertation General Guidelines.  Formal theses and dissertations are held in the library

You may ask: Does the Library keep graduate capstone (e.g. 6000) papers and projects? The answer is no. Follow the link for more info.

Choosing a topic and finding articles

For a capstone or advanced research paper, you will want to carefully choose your topic.  The topic should be of interest to you and should be focused enough so that you can cover it in significant depth within the assigned page count.  You may want, or be required to, get your topic approved by your instructor.  Begin as early as possible and consider doing some preliminary database searching to make sure there is enough on your topic.

Forming a research question

We find it helps many students to think strategically about their topic if they ask it in the form of a question. Here's how. 

  • Think of a broad topic within information technology management that intests you; we'll use data protection or data security.
  • Focus on a narrower aspect of that topic; we'll use the practice of BYOD - bring your own device.
  • The research question may be "Do BYOD policies affect a company's data security or data protection efforts?"

Article databases

Use the Find Articles tab on the left menu to discover the best databases for finding articles on your health administration topic.

Here's how the search might look in the Business Source Complete database:

              data protection OR data security
AND      byod OR bring your own device

To find scholarly/academic, peer-reviewed sources for your literature review

  • If in doubt, ask your professor what kinds of periodicals s/he requires or prefers for your assignment.
  • The Find Articles tab on this guide will help you to discover appropriate journal databases
  • Use the Books & eBooks tab to access the library catalog

For additional help

Begin with the library's Capstone / Thesis Support research guide.  Pages on this guide provide help and videos to lead you though:

  • selecting and focusing your research topic
  • completing your literature review
  • presenting your research in writing or as a presentation

You might also want to view the videos on research, writing and presenting and citation and managing research that are linked from the Library Training, Tutorials & Online Presentations/Webinars research guide.

For help finding Webster University theses and dissertations (not capstone papers), please see the following links:

FAQ:How do I find a print copy of a thesis or dissertation?

FAQ: Does the library keep graduate capstone (a.k.a. 6000) papers? The answer is no. Read the FAQ for more information.

Check out the following databases if you are Interested in finding online theses and dissertations from Webster University or searching for those produced at other universities.