Steps in the San Diego Dissertation Clearance Process
Briefly, the library dissertation clearance process works like this:
- Successfully complete the oral defense of your dissertation and make all edits requested by your committee
- Print the signature page on cotton paper and have the committee sign
- Upload a PDF of your dissertation to the library for review (see below for the link and a video guide). As soon as you upload, library staff are notified that your dissertation is ready for review.
- The library will let you know if changes to the format are needed. If they are, make the changes and re-upload. Repeat until all necessary changes have been made and the library approves
- Once the library approves the PDF you will be notified that you are now ready to print the dissertation on cotton paper and deliver it to the library, along with:
- The signed signature page
- The signed forms verifying your successful defense
- A check or money order for binding the library copy. Make it out to "Golden Rule Bindery" for $41.00.
- When the library receives the hard copy, if all is in order we then notify the registrar that you have successfully completed your dissertation.
Direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hard Copy Requirements
The following requirements apply to the hard copy of your dissertation:
- Paper must be
- At least 25% cotton
- At least 20lb weight
- Margins must be
- 1.5 inches on the left edge
- 1.0 inch on the other three sides
- Note that these requirements apply to all pages in the dissertation, including front matter and appendices