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Dissertation Proposal Resources

The purpose of this guide is to highlight library resources and services that will help you when preparing your dissertation proposal.

The latest journal table of contents

JournalTOCS is a current awareness service for researchers and academics, containing a searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs).  Although the basic version is the largest freely available collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents, the Mason University Libraries subscribes to the premium service.  This allows you to click on the title of the article in your notification and link directly to the content going through the library's proxy server.  As a result, it has never been easier for scholars to keep up with a diverse set of resources across many disciplines. 

The scope of the content:

  • Over 20,000 journals covered from traditional publishers
  • More than 4,000 Open Access titles.
  • International journals from  over 1,200 different publishers

Examples of publishers, George Mason subscribes to on behalf of all PatriotID holders:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Elsevier
  • Emerald
  • IEEE. 
  • Inderscience Publishers
  • John Wiley & Sons 
  • Project MUSE
  • Oxford University Press
  • Sage Publications
  • SciELO,
  • Springer/Nature
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Walter de Gruyter


Register for JTOCs


  • Create a customized list of journals to receive JTOCs notifications.
  • Set preferences for how frequent you want an email notification to be sent to your email.
  • Can’t locate the content you are looking for, suggest a title.
  • Can adjust titles and frequently of alerts at any time.

JTOCs troubleshooting

Content often has not yet reached the publishers websites at the time the JTOCs are delivered to your inbox...


—so to ensure success, go thru JTOCs links or you may not find the articles.

Custom Alerts using Databases

Once you have discovered a search query that produces results, some databases can save the search and email updates when results are added. Schedule personalized research assistance with one of our subject librarians to help save a customized search that will provide on-going updates, as the database receives information matching your criteria or try out saved search alerts directly with a few examples of interdisciplinary resources.