Grad Projects & Theses

 

Graduate Research Project (GRP) Formatting Procedures

Follow the instructions outlined in the GRP Formatting Procedures document (available below) and submit an electronic copy of your approved project, including all supporting documentation, to the AST Library. NOTE: Past Graduate Research Projects are available online in the Saint Mary's University Institutional Repository: http://library2.smu.ca/

Required Forms

  • GRP Formatting Procedures (PDF): This document gives you all the essential instructions for preparing and submitting your graduate project
  • Electronic GRP Waiver (PDF): This document grants permission to electronically store, distribute, and provide access to your graduate project in the AST Graduate Project collection on the Saint Mary's University Institutional Repository
  • NOTE: Print/paper copies are not required. Submit an electronic copy (PDF) only. Students interested in a personal bound copy can contact a binding company directly to make arrangements, such as PageforPage via Lehmann Bookbinding, Scotia Bookbinding, or Royal Book Binders

Formatting Samples

Creating the Literature Review

A literature review is a critical narrative of the published literature related to your research topic. While a literature review offers an inevitable amount of summary, its primary purpose is to critically appraise the methodologies of past research, identifying the deficiencies, challenges, and gaps, and ultimately establishing a need and place for your own topic and methodology. The resourses listed below can assist you in creating a literature review:

  1. Bertini, Robert L. How to Write a Literature Review. Asian Institute of Technology: Language Center, 2005. Accessed June 3, 2019. http://bertini.eng.usf.edu/pdf/literature_review.pdf

  2. Taylor, Dena. "The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It." Writing Advice. University of Toronto, n.d. Accessed June 3, 2019. https://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/types-of-writing/literature-review/

  3. Rowe, Frantz. "What Literature Review is Not: Diversity, Boundaries and Recommendations." European Journal of Information Systems 23, no. 3 (May 2014): 241-45. Accessed June 3, 2019. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/ejis.2014.7

  4. Patrick Power Library. "Literature Review." Saint Mary's University, n.d. Accessed June 3, 2019. https://smu.ca/academics/literature-review.html

Master's Thesis Formatting Procedures

Follow the instructions outlined in the Master's Thesis Formatting Procedures document (available below) and submit an electronic copy of your approved thesis, including all supporting documentation, to the AST Library. NOTE: Past theses are available online in the Saint Mary's University Institutional Repository: http://library2.smu.ca/

Required Forms

  • Masters Thesis Formatting Procedures (PDF): This document gives you all the essential instructions for preparing and submitting your thesis
  • Master's Thesis Info Sheet & Checklist (PDF): This is a required form that must be filled out and submitted with an electronic copy of your thesis to the AST Library
  • UMI Form (PDF): This document needs to be filled in as part of the process of cataloguing your thesis for microfilming
  • Non-Exclusive License to Reproduce Theses (external link): This form is from the National Library, and needs to be printed on legal sized paper, or "Fit Sheet on One Page" on letter size paper.
  • Electronic Thesis Waiver (PDF): This document grants permission to electronically store, distribute, and provide online access to your thesis in the AST theses collection on the Saint Mary's University Institutional Repository
  • NOTE: Print/paper copies are not required. Submit an electronic copy (PDF) only. Students interested in a personal bound copy can contact a binding company directly to make arrangements, such as PageforPage via Lehmann Bookbinding, Scotia Bookbinding, or Royal Book Binders

Examples and Templates

  • Template (Word): Templates of the signature page, title page, and abstract page that can be downloaded and used in creating your thesis

Copyrighted Material in Theses

Information about the use of copyrighted material in a thesis: Theses Canada- About Copyright (external link)

Print Thesis Collection

Print theses are available in the General Collection of the library. Theses can be searched using the Novanet catalogue. In the Advanced Search, select "All Fields" and search for the key word "AST-MSS". Limit your search location to "Atlantic School of Theology." Theses from 2013 onward can be found online in the Saint Mary's University Institutional Repository.