Glis 603, 604 and 647 research project 1, 2 and 3 glis 603 – research project 1 Literature Review and Proposal

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GLIS 603, 604 and 647 RESEARCH PROJECT 1, 2 and 3
Literature Review and Proposal
Permission of Supervisor required. The GLIS 603 Proposal Application Form included with this outline must be submitted and approved prior to enrolling in this course.
Under the supervision of a faculty member, exploration and analysis of the literature related to an area of interest in information studies, and development of the research proposal.
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze, in depth, a topic in library and information studies which leads to a research proposal;

  • Create a proposal for an independent research proposal

The student will work with a faculty supervisor to plan and pursue an individualized program of directed study/research, which will vary according to the student’s interest.
Readings will vary with the topic being studied, and are to be determined by the student and supervisor.
The student will submit a well-defined proposal together with the application form. The scope and final products of the project may consist of, but are not limited to:

Scope of the course

  • In-depth literature review that will typically review 40-50 items;

  • Case study of an organization;

  • Other, as agreed to with the supervisor.

Format of final paper

  • Academic paper that will typically range from 7500-12500 words;

  • Annotated bibliography that will typically range from 30-50 items;

  • Other formats, as agreed to with the supervisor

* The final paper must also include the proposal for the research project to be completed in GLIS604 – Research Project 2, and GLIS647 – Research Project 3. The proposal should include:

    • Research questions/objectives

    • Methodology

    • Timeline/schedule

    • Plan for ethics approval (if necessary)

Note: Any costs associated with the research for this course will be covered by the student.
Data Collection
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 603 and satisfactory standing
The second research project consists of the data collection stage.
The outcomes will include, in addition to the data collected, a summary report describing the data sources, methods used to collect data and how the data was processed (e.g., coded for anonymity) and securely stored. The report should also outline any differences (if any) from the actual and planned data collection strategy.

Data Analysis
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 604 and satisfactory standing
The third and final research project consists of the data analysis stage.
The outcomes will include descriptions of how data were analyzed and reporting of the results obtained. A final research report will discuss these findings and relate them back to the literature review and research questions.


The recommended timeline for completion of the required research stream courses is:

  • Required core courses (GLIS601, 607, 617, 619) – 1st year, fall term

  • GLIS611 – Research Principles and Analysis – 1st year, winter term

  • GLIS603 – Research Project 1 – 1st year, winter term

  • *GLIS604 – Research Project 2 – spring/summer term OR 2nd year, fall term

  • *GLIS647 – Research Project 3 – 2nd year, fall-winter term (3 credits/term) OR 2nd year, winter term (6 credits/term)

* Please note that a minimum mark of B+ (3.3/4.0) is required in 603 and 611, and overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, is required in order to register for GLIS604 and GLIS647.


The student’s work will be evaluated on appropriate progress reports and the final paper.


In writing the GLIS 603 – Research Project 1 project summary, you should include the following sections:


Description of the topic or area of interest with an explanation of why the project is being undertaken. This typically includes:

  • Discussion of the research problem (for the 603 course and for the overall research stream project), including its significance/relevance/timeliness

  • Scope of the 603 course project;

  • Discussion of the context and background to the 603 course project, including reference to the literature;


Statement explaining the proposed method to be followed for the 603 project, for example:

  • Reading list to be established by you and your supervisor;

  • Oral or written report(s), on a regular basis and final report.


List of deadlines for establishing a reading list, meetings with supervisor for oral reports, written reports, final report.


The proposal should include a preliminary bibliography of readings that will be consulted during the course of the project.
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).
In accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.

Student Name: __________________________

Student Number: ________________________

Term of Study: __________________________

(6 credits over 1 term)

GLIS 603 Research Project 1

Proposal Application Form

Proposed title of research project: __________________________________________________




I authorize SIS to publish the title of this project on its website: Yes ____ No ____

Student signature: ______________________________________ Date: _________________

 FULL PROPOSAL ATTACHED (See proposal content guidelines)

Administrative use

Approval granted: ____________________________________ Date: ________________

Supervisor’s signature
__________________________________ Date: ________________

Master’s Graduate Program Director’s signature

GLIS 603 Application Deadlines & Process (provided here for reference only; subject to change)

Deadline: Nov. 30th


  1. Student locates a potential supervisor and fully discusses proposal:
    After discussion with the student's academic advisor, the student locates a potential supervisor from the SIS faculty. The student works with the supervisor on a proposal draft using appropriate application form (above) prior to the deadline date for the first submission.

  2. Student complete draft submission:
    The draft proposal is submitted both to the supervisor along with the proposal application form. This draft could still need some refinement, but should be in ready for final review for acceptance.

  3. Reviewer's comments to student:
    Supervisor conveys proposal changes (if necessary) to student. Student revises.

  4. Student's final submission to Supervisor:
    Student submits final version to supervisor. The supervisor will communicate with the student regarding the final approval/no approval decision. In the case of approval, the student will be informed when they can register.

Student Name: __________________________

Student Number: __________________________

Term of Study: 604 Summer ____ Fall _____ 647 Fall/Winter ___Winter ____
GLIS 604/647 Application Form

Complete form once only
Title of research project: _________________________________________________________



I authorize SIS to publish the title of this project on its website: Yes ____ No ____

Ethics certificate: Not required ___ Required ___ Date obtained _____________
Student signature: ______________________________________ Date: _________________

Administrative use

Student has successfully completed 603? Yes _____ No _____

Additional supervisor comments:


Student is in satisfactory standing? Yes _____ No _____

(confirmation received by GPD from Student Standing Committee)

If not, please provide additional information:


Approval granted: ____________________________________ Date: ________________

Supervisor’s signature
__________________________________ Date: ________________

Master’s Graduate Program Director’s signature

GLIS 603 604 647 Revised 2015-09-10

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