Appalachian State University Libraries provide students and alumni the opportunity to digitize and host theses and dissertations for purposes of preservation and accessibility in the University’s institutional repository. Only theses and dissertations that have been formally reviewed and accepted by the Defense Committee of the student’s host department will be accepted.
The following highlights will help guide students in the submission process:
Copyright Permission: Contact Scholarly Communications for advice about obtaining copyright permissions, avoiding plagiarism, documenting citations effectively, and relying on fair use in your publications.
Understand Open Access: Depositing your electronic thesis or dissertation into Appalachian State University’s institutional repository means your scholarly research has the potential to be disseminated and accessed worldwide. Consult with Scholarly Communications to discuss options to embargo (block) your work from public access for a fixed period of time if proprietary research (including data) or publication agreements prevent immediate worldwide access.
Writing Support: Consider setting up an appointment with a writing consultant at the University Writing Center.
Citation Management: Experiment with the following citation management tools, such as Endnote, Zotero, and Mendeley, to keep records of citations from research and database searches, improve organization, and streamline the construction of bibliographies.
Research Data: Consult with Digital Scholarship and Initiatives and the Office of Research for advice on curating, managing, and preserving research data for current and future use.
Forms: Prior to acceptance and submission to Appalachian State University's institutional repository, students and alumni must complete and sign the following form in either PDF or digital format. PDF forms should be emailed to Bill Pillow.