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Capstone Guidance & Consultations

Upon confirmation of your capstone topic, exam question or group project with your Professor you may contact me, Michelle Lang, by email:  to schedule a consultation.  

The email should include: your name, your research track for example: Government, Nonprofit or Health Care Management AND wherther you are writing a capstone thesis, taking the capstone exam or doing a group project.  If you will be writing a capstone thesis, I will need to know your complete research statement, and any keywords that you think might be helpful as well as a date range or particular population you wish to study. I will then look over your topic carefully considering all Pace databases and available information and then I will contact you for a sit down consultation.  The consultation usually runs about an hour depending on your topic. It is during this time that I will go over all the relevant information and guide you to and through the best research tools available.  I will demo several databases and answer any questions you might have about your topic and the research process.

Inter-Library Loan (Ordering nonPace Books and Journal Articles)

ILLiad  is the library’s inter-library loan tool that allows you to request books, articles, dissertations or conference proceedings that Pace Library does not own from libraries all over the United States. Follow the link below to go to the inter-library loan page.

Proper APA Citations . . . how to?

Creating proper APA citations can be challenging.  Two sources can help make it easier.  1) Google Scholar - Pop your citation into Google Scholar, then . . . to grab a citation click on the Cite link below a search result and select from the available citation styles. Always double check to make sure formatting is correct by running your citation through another great source:  2) Son of Citation Machine 


Below are some quick tutorials that will aid you in your research, whether you are looking for scholarly articles, or a book or a dissertation or maybe a New York Times article . . . HELP is only a few clicks away.  There is also a brief tutorial on searching GOOGLE Scholar.   

You can also access many other “how to . . .”  Pace Video Tutorials by going to the following page:

Best Public Administration Databases

Pace Library subscribes to 207 databases and many are full-text. Databases that include peer-reviewed articles in the field of Public Administration are: 

MPA Capstone Thesis Access

To access the MPA Capstones digitally, point your browser to this site:  There are 24 in all, the rest are in print format at the Mortola Library.  The MPA capstones (print version) are searchable within the Pace Library catalog.  Presently, there are a total of 117 capstone titles broken down into the following categories: 24 Nonprofit, 42 Health Care Management, and 51 Government. 

To get a list of MPA Capstones go the Pace catalog      Choose keyword and type:  MPA capstone  (you should get 117)    To find out which capstones are under: Nonprofit simply search in keyword: MPA capstone AND nonprofit (in second box) you should get 24 you can type any of the 3 categories in the second box to pull up those particular capstones.Please note that the “SEARCH ALL” button will not pull up all the capstones.  You must be in the “books” or “keyword” section of the catalog.  The printed MPA Capstones are kept in the Mortola Library 2nd floor next to the staircase.  Please contact Michelle Lang for special permission to check out a MPA Capstone Thesis.

Looking for a Dissertation? ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

Is My Article Peer-Reviewed?

There are two ways to find out whether or not your selected journal article is peer-reviewed.  One way is via Google; follow these steps: 
1. Note the name of the journal from the citation.  2. Type the name "in quotes," into the regular version of Google in order to find that journal's homepage.  TIP: Journals typically state the fact that they are "peer reviewed" (also known as “refereed” or “juried” or "blind reviewed."  If, in the description, none of those words are used then you can be sure it is not "peer reviewed."
The next way to find out is via the Pace database called Ulrich's Web; follow these steps:
1. Note the name of journal from the citation. 2. Login to Ulrich's Web by going to the Pace Library homepage: and click on the word "Databases" on the top menu bar. 3. Choose "U" from the alphabetical menu and then click on Ulrich's Web.  If you are off campus, you will need to input your Pace username and password.  Once in the database, type in the name of the journal in the search box for example: Nature    then click on the title and a profile of the journal will appear.  Under the "basic description" there should be a line on the left side of the record that says: "refereed"  and a black symbol with the word YES.  If the black symbol does not appear then the journal is not peer-reviewed.