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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.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Heidi Blackburn

For individual or small group research help, schedule an appointment with me using our handy online calendar by clicking the box below.

This is a real time calendar with available times for students, faculty, and staff conducting research regarding topics in computer science, technology, statistics, or game design fields.

If you need an appointment outside of my set office hours, please email me to make alternative arrangements.

Academic Support at Mason

George Mason University provides a number of academic support services free of charge.


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SP@RC stands for Scholarly Productions at the Research Commons. The mission of the SP@RC lab is to create self-sufficient scholars who are able to apply best practices in design and research presentation to their work. We provide workshops on various topics as well as one-on-one consultations.


Drop in or schedule an appointment for help with:

  • Research poster design
  • PowerPoint presentation design
  • Document design
  • Adobe InDesign, & Photoshop
  • Citation management software
  • Presentation skills 
  • Use the One Button Studio
  • Attend a workshop


For more information and to view upcoming workshops visit the SP@RC page
or email

2100 Fenwick Library

SP@RC is the result of a partnership between the University Libraries, Students as Scholars (OSCAR) , The Writing Center, the Department of Communication, & Mason Publishing Group.

Link to Google Scholar

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Mason Libraries subscribes to many things you might find in Google Scholar. If you like to use Google Scholar as a resource, make sure you link your account to Mason Libraries to save time getting right to the full-text item. When you've linked your account, you will be able to see items Mason has immediately without having to go back to the Mason Libraries catalog to find the item yourself!

See the easy visual guide linked below.