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GEOG 495 - Capstone Seminar in Geography

This guide provides information about databases and journals to aid students enrolled in GEOG 495 locate relevant research materials.

Who Does What?

It is easy to think of sharing a project by content or section but you can also share responsibilities of the process.

Suggested Roles

5 students in a circle creating a star with peace signsThe roles listed here aren't clear cut or set in stone. You might not need some, add to the list, combine them, or take turns with them like you do with the content or sections of your research. They can also be shared by multiple members or more than one per person.

Project Role Description
Time tracker Makes and shares appointments, checks in on progress, and sends out reminders for when parts are due. Tools: Outlook or Google Calendar, Doodle or whenisgood polls, Group Me app.
Tech support Sets up the documents and workspaces and makes sure everyone understands where to access them and how to use them. Also tidies the workspaces so there aren't too many working documents and the ones in use are the right ones. Tools: file-sharing services (Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, GitHub)
Research facilitator Finds resources and methods, shares searches/keywords/databases, organizes citations, and takes notes on selected sources. Tools: Google Scholar and other databases, librarians, citation manager (Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote), word processor (Microsoft Word, Google Docs)
Writer Writes first draft, second draft, and final draft - version control and comments in Google Drive are great for these, or make a new document when you're ready to pass it on to the next writer! Writers should be editing along the way.
Editor Checks grammar/spelling and checks for proper citations and plagiarism.
Publisher Sets up formatting/layout, and creates and submits final project.

Best Practices

4 students holding communication bubble signsGet to know your partners and be aware of different approaches to communication, learning, and working.

list iconList the steps to completion and establish a timeline for when pieces should be finished. Include extra time for delays and editing.

calendar iconPlan your next meeting - apps like GroupMe can be helpful for arranging face-to-face meetings. If the work is distributed over a long period of time, regular meetings can keep you on track.

Discover and use appropriate work spaces.

  • Physical space: collaboration stations are large screens that can be hooked up to a personal device. Collaborative spaces are located on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors of Hale Library. Rooms 301 and 401 can be reserved after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.
  • Online space: store and work on shared files with Google Drive, DropBox, or OneDrive. Work simultaneously or leave comments for your partners.

foosball tableThink about your personal goals in relation to the group goals. Sometimes your groupmates may not be as interested in a topic as you are (that's okay!), so you can establish your own goals to make sure you learn what you want.