How to Submit an IMP: Update 2017

It’s that time of the year and we are getting a number of questions on how to submit an IMP. Although, information can be found on the following webpages:

we thought we’d put together a step-by-step post on how to do it in 2017.

Step 1

Students, email your mentor:

  • Your final draft of your IMP as an MS Word document AND
  • A completed and signed Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF) * use this  document for step 3
  • Make the subject line your first and last name + IMP, for example: Joe Student IMP.

Step 2

Students and faculty must discuss whether an IMP should either:

  • Go to the Library (i.e., go online) OR
  • Not go to the Library.

Step 3

Either way the IMP should be turned into a PDF and emailed to the mentor with these two completed fillable PDF forms (use Adobe Acrobat Pro) – Typing signatures is OK. Don’t forget to type and save:

Now, the job of the student is complete.

Step 4

Mentors go to my.bankstreet.edu and look under the FACULTY tab for IMP Information (see left-hand toolbar).

  1. Start with Independent Study Submission Instructions
  2. Then select and complete one of the following:
    • Independent Study Approval Form for the Library storage OR
    • Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library.

Step 5

Put everything together and using your own bankstreet email account forward the following into one email to IMPdatabase@bankstreet.edu and you are done.

  1. The IMP (PDF)
  2. Checklist of Requirements for Independent Studies (PDF)
  3. Independent Study Cover Sheet (PDF)
  4. Include one of the following:
    • Independent Study Approval Form for the Library OR
    • Independent Study Approval Form NOT for the Library.

What Happens Next?

  1. Everything is sent to the Graduate School for processing
  2. IMPs that are going online are sent via a secure electronic folder to the library
  3. They are cataloged and uploaded to the web
  4. IMP PDFs reside on a Bank Street server
  5. Records containing download links can be found in the library catalog and in WorldCat.

Common Questions

Q: Can I have a copy of my IMP bound?
A: Absolutely! Visit our How Can I Have an IMP Bound? page.

Q: Does my IMP have to be double spaced?
A: Yes, double space the entire IMP.

Q: Is the abstract page 2?
A: Yes, please make the abstract page 2 (and the title page is page 1).

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Winter Break!

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Printing in B&W

It feels a little retro but sometimes you just want to print in black and white (B&W). It’s also a little cheaper. Here’s how to print MS Word documents in B&W.

B&W on a PC

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B&W on a MAC

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2 Sided Printing (on a MAC) Revisted

You may have noticed a few more MACs in the Library of late. We know we are going to be asked a few more questions about how to do basic jobs. The first one will always be How do I print double-sided?”
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Easy! Here are the steps you need to take.… Activate the print pop-up box by

  • Going to file > print, OR
  • Using key strokes Command key  + P
  • Select from the third box Layout
  • Select from the sixth box Two-Sided Long-Edge binding, the default is set to OFF
  • Press Print.

That’s it – happy printing!

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Find Journals: The Easy Way

This is a quick and easy way to find an article from a citation.

Winsler, A., Ducenne, L., & Koury, A. (2011). Singing one’s way to self-regulation: The role of early music and movement curricula and private speech. Early Education and Development, 22(2), 274-304

The best way is to copy and paste the journal title into the library’s homepage search box. Make sure you select the Find Journals button. Librarian tip: sometimes and and & in titles are interchangeable and sometimes they are not – if one doesn’t work try the other.

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After checking our citation and the date range of the two databases, and publisher website we can jump start things by typing in the title of the article in the journal’s search box. Writing an author’s name would also work (if you have to choose – select the more unusual surname).

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We’ve struck gold! The article comes up straight way.

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This way of searching is part of EBSCOhost’s Discovery Service (EDS). The other way of finding articles from a citation is by drilling down by using year, issue, volume and page numbers.

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ProQuest

Although not very big at Bank Street ProQuest is our “other” database provider (EBSCOhost is our main source). Through ProQuest we subscribe to three databases:

  • ebrary® e-books (very small)
  • Education Database
  • Gannett Newsstand (very small)

The database we are interested in, is the second one: Education Database.

OK, let’s find some articles in ProQuest. A search for articles on child life specialists nets a result list of 76,433 articles. We have checked the Full text box so we have something to read right now.

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We have options to select articles that are: Peer reviewed or published in Scholarly journals.

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Once you have selected an article you can read it as a PDF inside ProQuest or download it to your desktop. Don’t forget to look at Cite for an APA 6th Edition citation which you can copy and paste into your reference list (you may need to tweak).

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Something that works with some databases is to enclose search terms of three or more words in quotation marks – this tells the search engine to look for these words together.

If you are on the Advanced Search screen you can also add (or remove) extra search boxes.

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As you can see, we’ve cut down the number of articles in our result list to 57, but these articles are usually more focused  – give it a try!

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You can access ProQuest through the Library’s database web page:
bankstreet.edu > library > research-tools/research-database
https://www.bankstreet.edu/library/research-tools/research-databases/#P

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Google Keep

This very useful tool comes with your Bank Street email account (or any Google email account).

Versions

  • MAC and PC
  • iOS and Android (phone and tablet) – they all sync-up!
  • Chrome extension

To find Google Keep click the nine dot matrix on the top right-hand corner of your Google account. You may have to click the Even more from Google link to find the app icon – once you’ve found it, drag it to the top of you list of favorite apps.

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Features We Like

  • color coding
  • #tags and labels
  • very shareable (email and Google docs)
  • ability to add images and links
  • Reminders (YES!)
  • it looks pleasing to the eye
  • possible to move them around and archive them.

Definitely give Google Keep a try – this just might be the tool to keep you organized.

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