2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Special Resources

Indiana State University has many resources which, as an integral part of the institution, facilitate learning, contribute to the total education and success of its students, and also serve faculty and administrators in performance of their duties and the enhancement of their continuing professional development. What follows are selections of examples of special resources available at Indiana State University.

Office of Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides technology support and resources for students, faculty and staff at Indiana State University. As a student there are many resources available to assist you with technology at ISU. It is important to acclimate yourself to the ISU technology environment and terminology.

Before Arriving on Campus
After Arriving on Campus
Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices
  • Set up your electronic devices to access ISU electronic resources.  
  • Tip: If you change your Sycamore password at any time remember to change it on your smartphone or other mobile device as well. Failing to do so will disable your ISU electronic accounts.
OIT Student Support Services
To receive help with accessing the ISU wireless network, Sycamores email, printing, Sycamore login, password help, virus and malware removal, general computing or technology questions check out one of the following service areas.
  • The OIT website has student specific help where you will find solutions to the most commonly asked questions.
  • The Technology Support Center will assist with technology related questions for students, staff, and faculty. The TSC is also a Certified Warranty Service Center for the Lenovo models approved by ISU.

Cunningham Memorial Library

ISU’s Cunningham Memorial Library (CML) collection includes more than 1.4 million items in print and electronic format. Students have access to more than 130 public workstations located throughout the five floors of the library.  Public printers, scanners and photocopiers are also available. We offer quiet and group study floors, a coffee shop, and a host of individual services to meet your information needs.  During the Spring and Fall semesters we maintain a 24/5 operating schedule with reduced hours on Fridays and Saturdays. A complete schedule of hours and events is available on the library’s website.


Reference and Research Support:  Reference assistance may be obtained in a variety of ways:

  • in person at the Public Services desk
  • by phone at 812-237-2580
  • via e-mail
  • or on-line chat

Group Instruction.  A computer laboratory is available for librarian-conducted instruction to groups and classes. To receive more information or to make a Library instruction appointment, call 237-2604 or visit the instruction page on the library’s Web site.  

Individualized Instruction and Research Assistance.  Individuals may request specific, one-on-one instruction and research assistance in person or by appointment with a librarian. Library staff members have compiled several detailed guides to information on topics of interest to ISU patrons using LibGuides. They may also use the self-guided on-line instructions and tutorials on database searching and other topics. These tutorials address practical concerns of conducting library research, including library and online research strategies.

Interlibrary Loan:  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service which borrows materials (books, articles, scores, dissertations, media, etc.) that are not available here at ISU. Articles are delivered via email.  Print materials are picked up at the Circulation Services Desk, after email notification.

Document Delivery:  Request an article or book chapter that is available at the ISU Library and ILL will pull it, scan it, and send it to your email.  Go to the ISU Library home page.  From the library homepage, scroll down to the ‘Quick Links’ and click “Interlibrary Loan.” 

Questions: ISU-Libill@mail.indstate.edu, 812-237-2566.  ILL is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m.

Support for Distance Education Courses. Reference, instructional, and document delivery services are available for Distance Ed students and instructors. Access the library’s services for distance students through the “Services” link on the Library Web page.   A librarian has been designated for the distance learning programs and a distance ed support LibGuide is available. For reference assistance, call 812-237-2580 or 1-800-851-4279; for document delivery or interlibrary loan questions, call 812-237-2566.

Equipment Loan.  iPads, laptop computers and portable device charging stations are available for in-library use by students.  These items can be checked out from the Circulation Desk for four hours and for in-library use only. For more information, call 812-237-2541.

The Math & Writing Center.  In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Student Success, the ISU Library provides writing and research assistance to students through the Math & Writing Center, which is located on the second floor of the library. For hours and other information, visit the Math & Writing Center Libguide.

Support for Students with Disabilities.   The Library provides a number of assistive devices to support students with disabilities.  A computer with ZoomText capabilities that enlarges print and screen images and reads aloud for the visually impaired.  The Library also maintains a study area dedicated to adaptive technology, which includes a Braille display, a reading machine, a special individual monitor for people with retinal degenerative diseases, a head tracker, a multi-colored QWERTY layout with keys four times larger than normal, a voice-to-text program, and software to help people who struggle with reading.

Circulating Collections:  Graduate students may check out most print material for a four month loan period using their student ID.  Digital media, such as CDs, DVDs, and computer games circulate for one week. The library is also part of the Library Consortium of Vigo County.  Through the online catalog called Fusion, students may access the collective library holdings of CML, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and the Vigo County Public Library. 

Electronic Resources: A growing number of journals, subject indexes, e-books and full text databases are available to the ISU community via the library’s Web page menu. For more information on how to use these resources, or suggestions on effective searching of databases, contact the library’s Public Services Desk at 812-237-2580.

Government Documents: CML is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program and maintains a large collection of Government Documents on the Lower Level.  Assistance in locating specific information and using the collection can be obtained at the Public Service Desk.

Class Reserve Material and Electronic Reserves.  Material that supplements classroom instruction may be placed on reserve by faculty or graduate instructors. These can include books, material scanned and available electronically, videos, slides, audiotapes, and CDs. Students may request reserved items at the circulation desk by the call number, faculty member’s name, or course number. An ISU student ID must be shown. The loan periods for reserves vary from two hours to one week. Those materials checked out for two or four hours may not leave the library.

Electronic reserves are photocopies of materials such as journal articles, practice examinations, homework assignments, etc. Electronic reserves are on-line materials and are not checked out. Students can access electronic reserves anywhere with a computer and Internet access. To access electronic reserves students must have their student ID and a password from the instructor.

Special Collections. Located on the third floor of the library, the Special Collections Department encompasses Rare Books & Manuscripts, University ArchivesPermanent Art Collection, and Digital Initiatives. Three exhibitions per year spotlight its collections and are open to the public. All physical primary source materials are available for onsite use in the Reading Room Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration and a photo ID are required. The department provides reference services for its collections, offers opportunities for class presentations, and works with faculty to create assignments based on the rare and unique items contained within its collections. Photoduplication services are available upon request. For additional information on accessing Special Collections materials please call (812) 237-2610.

Sycamore Scholars is ISU’s digital repository that collects, disseminates, and preserves the intellectual and academic output of the ISU students, faculty, and staff. Sycamore Scholars aggregates electronic theses and dissertations and other scholarly or creative works. The digital repository accepts a wide variety of formats such as text documents, PowerPoint files, media (video, audio, and graphics), specialized formats, HTML web pages and many more. This service helps to expose outputs of the university, maximizes the visibility and impact of these outputs, showcases the university, and contributes to the overall body of knowledge. ISU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contribute items they have written or produced such as journal articles, student projects, educational materials, papers in progress, technical reports, art, and music. For information on how to contribute to Sycamore Scholars contact the Data Curation Librarian at (812) 237-3052.

Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project. WV3 is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history and cultural heritage of west central Indiana in print, image, and sound. As a collaborative effort among the region’s libraries, museums, historical societies, community groups and area residents, the project provides free access to its digital collections via the Internet and promotes remembrance and lifelong learning. It is the oldest collaborative digital library project within the State of Indiana and it continues to attract new partners and to add new content. The project’s collections are fully searchable and contain representations of art, artifacts, administrative and personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, texts, yearbooks, maps oral histories and audio/video files. For more information about WV3 please contact the Project Director at (812) 237-2534.

Research Support Services

The Office of Sponsored Programs is the pre-award grant and contract office. The primary mission of the office is to assist ISU faculty, staff, and students in obtaining external funds to support their research, creative, service, and other activities. The office also provides University review and record keeping functions for all proposals submitted and funded, and a variety of other administrative tasks. Support to the Institutional Review Board for review of human subject research is also provided. The office offers both source-finding and proposal development assistance. To assist proposal writers in their search for grant funding, the office maintains electronic databases and other sources of information, which describe governmental (public) and foundation/endowment (private) grant programs and organizations. Once a potential grant program is identified, the professional staff in the office can assist with the various phases of proposal preparation and budget and assurance issues, and other topics involved with externally sponsored activities. For additional information, visit the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

Advanced Technology Studies

The Consortium for Advanced Technological Studies was organized to offer the doctor of philosophy in technology management. This is an unique organization of five universities having studies in technology including Bowling Green State University; University of Central Missouri; East Carolina University; Indiana State University; and North Carolina A&T State University. The Consortium brings together leading schools/colleges of technology in the United States to capitalize on existing resources and faculty expertise in specialized areas of technology. The Consortium universities have been recognized for providing continued leadership to the technology, management, and applied engineering profession.

Extended Learning

Indiana State Online offers a variety of educational opportunities through distance education for both graduate and undergraduate work in single course or full degree program formats. These online courses are offered via the Internet. A few distance programs may require minimal visits to the ISU campus. Distance courses are the full equivalent of our campus programs, receive the same accreditation as campus programs, and are taught by ISU faculty. ISU provides special resources for online students, including help with admission, registration, and financial aid. For additional information, visit the Indiana State Online website or contact the Extended Learning office by email or phone, 812-237-2345.

Program Availability.  Online programs are currently not offered in the state of Massachusetts.  Additionally, other online programs may not be available in certain states. Specific program availability and important state information is available on the Indiana State Online-Program Availability website.

Student Internships

Internship programs off campus and special clinical facilities on campus are integral parts of many degree programs at Indiana State University. They offer the kind of practical on-the-job experience and cooperative links with industry and community agencies which foster the advancement of knowledge. Graduate training and work experience are available in such areas as college student affairs administration, communication disorders, counseling, criminology, economics, education, geography and geology, history, political science, psychology, school administration, and sociology. Among the clinical facilities on campus which are used in the development of specialized skills are the Counseling Clinic, the Porter School Psychology Center, the Psychology Clinic, and the Rowe Center for Communicative Disorders. For more detailed descriptions of these programs and facilities, see individual departmental listings.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association is the official representational body for ISU graduate students. This organization works strategically to facilitate and enhance communication between graduate students, ISU administrative offices, and other campus organizations. The association’s functions and operations are currently funded by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The Graduate Student Association participates annually in the research symposium and graduate student orientation. Representatives of the GSA serve on committees which promote and advance the academic interests and experiences of graduate students including assisting ISU with recruitment, retention of graduate students, diversity, and university award selection. Also, the GSA strives to facilitate the professional development of its members by providing scholarship opportunities for attending and presenting at conferences as well as researching.

Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute

Students accepted into the Indiana University School of Medicine may take the first two years of their regular four-year medical program at a statewide campus including the Terre Haute site located on the campus of Indiana State University. The basic sciences are taught during the first two years. The first year program includes courses in biochemistry, concepts in health and disease, gross anatomy, histology, immunology, introduction to medicine, microbiology, neuroscience, and physiology. Clinical exposure is provided to medical students in cooperation with Union Hospital, the Hamilton Center, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, and community physicians. After successful completion of the first year of medical school, students take the second year of courses, which include biostatistics, introduction to medicine, medical genetics, general and systemic pathology, and pharmacology. Medical students then transfer to the Indianapolis campus for their third and fourth years. Several of the third year clerkship rotations and fourth year clinical electives have also been established in community hospitals throughout Indiana, including Terre Haute, as part of the Indiana University statewide system for medical education. This system is presently expanding in the number of students accepted and the number of four-year sites.

In fall 2008, the Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute inaugurated the Medical School Rural Program in which selected incoming students attend all four years at the Terre Haute campus. This program emphasizes early and rapid acquisition of clinical skills, the study of medicine from the perspectives of the rural physician and rural patients, and an understanding of the community context of rural medicine. It is believed that this novel program provides needed physicians to rural communities as well as provides educational opportunities for students from rural areas of Indiana.

Since 1997, Indiana State University and Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute have conducted a joint Bachelors/Medical Degree Program. Interested and qualified high school students from rural counties apply and are admitted simultaneously to college and medical school. Provided that the students maintain a qualifying grade point average and obtain a competitive MCAT score during their four years of college at Indiana State University, they are directly admitted to the Indiana University School of Medicine to complete their four years of medical school. To date, 12 physicians have graduated from this program.  Requests for further information about the Medical Education Program should be directed to Dr. Taihung Duong, director. For additional information, visit the IU Terre Haute website.