Students in the Armstrong State University School of Graduate Studies complete a thesis as part of their graduate work. Lane Library receives two copies for the collection. One copy remains in Armstrong's Special Collections for preservation. All Special Collection copies of theses are located on Lane Library's second floor in Compact Shelving and do not circulate. The second thesis copy goes into the appropriate subject area in Main Stacks and is available to check out. In 1996, Armstrong gained university status, which allowed for granting of graduate level degrees. Prior to 1996, any theses and dissertations were approved in collaboration with Georgia Southern University.
The Technical Services Department at Lane Library assists students with binding theses and dissertations. The thesis must be prepared using Armstrong State University's Graduate Thesis Guidelines. After the graduate student has received the official approval of the thesis, the student should submit the following to David Messier in the Technical Services department (912.344.3004) at Lane Library:
The four required copies will be bound at no charge to the student. Of these four required copies, two are added to the collection at Lane Library, one copy is sent to the student's academic chair, and one is sent to the academic unit.
Additional personal copies will be bound at a base charge of $15.95 each, plus additional charges for extra thickness, accents in the title or author's name, and front-cover printing. Payment can be made by cash or check made out to Armstrong State University. All pricing information is subject to change. The final cost will reflect the bindery's pricing at the time of order. This is the only time that personal copies will be available for binding. Deliver all copies to be bound along with payment for personal copies to David Messier at Lane Library.
When the thesis returns from the bindery, students are notified to pick up any personal copies or make arrangements for them to be mailed. The student's academic department and the Technical Services Department at Lane Library must have an accurate address and telephone number where the student may be reached.
Just like all books in Lane Library's collection, theses and dissertations receive subject headings specific to the topic. In addition, all theses and dissertations produced by Armstrong graduates have a distinct subject heading to identify them as being created at Armstrong. This allows for an additional entry point for searching in the library's catalog. Over the years, Armstrong's name changed several times. Depending on the year the thesis was completed, you could find a thesis by searching: