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Thesis Research for Distance Education Students

Resources and tips for thesis research for students in distance/off-campus graduate programs.

About this guide

This is a guide to accompany our Thesis Research in a Nutshell class and is geared toward students in distance learning programs. Here you will find an archived recording of the Thesis Research in a Nutshell workshop, workshop notes, and information about the individual resources covered in the workshop. 

Enjoy and good luck with your research!

Get Research Help

If you have addtional questions or you would like some help with your project, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Your Presenters:

Brenda Yates Habich -

Lisa Jarrell -

You can contact a librarian for help through our Ask a Librarian services too!

Watch the Video

Missed the live session? Watch the recorded class here. You can also download a copy of the handout.



Watch the video!


Get the handout!


Attend the Class Online!


To enter the Ball State University Library Instruction Meeting Room click on the URL or copy and paste it into your browser address bar.

Library Instruction Meeting room:

You will be entering as a guest, so enter a name and click on “Enter Room”

The meeting room will not be active until 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 

Once you have entered the meeting room, you should run the “Audio Setup Wizard”.  To start the audio wizard, click on the meeting tab at the top of your screen. Click on “audio setup wizard” in the dropdown menu and follow all of the instructions to complete the process. 

The audio set-up wizard customizes the audio settings on your computer to the conditions in your environment.  It is important to run the audio wizard at the start of every session. 


You can type in the chat box to communicate with your presenters.