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The University Digital Conservancy provides permanent online access to academic works produced at the University. Benefits of placing your thesis in the conservancy include:
To have your honors thesis placed in the Digital Conservancy, you must submit the following forms to the honors office:
After receiving these forms, the honors program will submit your thesis to the Digital Conservancy within a few months. Upon submission, you will receive instructions on how to access the digital copy of your thesis.
You may not want to submit your honors thesis to the conservancy if it:
Visit the Digital Conservancy website for more details.
The Digital Conservancy version of your thesis will serve as the University’s official and permanent copy. There will not be a physical copy available in the University Libraries.
The University Honors Program will keep an electronic copy of your thesis for a limited time. It will not be available publicly or on the Internet.
No. Submitting your thesis to the conservancy is completely optional and has no bearing on grades, the acceptance of your thesis, or your graduation.
It might. Some academic journals have policies against publishing previously printed or archived work. Consult your thesis advsior or the honors office if you have questions about this.
Your work will be protected by U.S. copyright law to the same extent it would be if it were on a shelf in the library or University archives. The deposit agreement gives University Libraries rights to store, preserve, and make your work available to the public, but you still hold the rights to publish and distribute it as you see fit.
Materials in formats other than PDF may be submitted to the Digital Conservancy; however, the level of preservation support provided for such works varies. To learn more, view the conservancy’s preservation policy.
No. If you are in doubt, you may want to consider not submitting your thesis to the conservancy.