Distributing a Thesis or Dissertation

Current Procedure

For students completing their degrees after September 1, 2015, the Library will archive a PDF of the submitted document with access permissions indicated on the Approval of a dissertation, thesis, or report form. Students who would like to purchase a bound copy of their document may utilize the services offered by:
  • ProQuest (can be ordered at time of submission)
    • samples of bound author copies from Proquest are on course reserve in the library. If you would like to see how the finished product looks, you can request the Proquest binding sample to examine or check out at the Library Service Center.
  • Thesis on Demand (online)
  • Book Concern Printers (Hancock)
    • soft cover, saddle stitch and spiral bound in-house, can send out for hard bound covers
  • The Print Shop (Houghton)
    • perfect and coil binding
  • Any binding service of your choice

Former Procedures

For defenses scheduled prior to January 10, 2011, the Library retains two copies of theses or dissertations. One copy, with the original signature page, is filed in the Library Archives. The second copy is placed in the circulating collection.

For defenses scheduled on or after January 10, 2011, the Library retains one copy, with the original signature page.  This copy is filed in the archives.  Beginning in fall 2012, only dissertations will have paper copies archived in the Library.