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Submitting Your Dissertation to the Library
- CHECK DEADLINES: make arrangements with your chair and/or the registrar to ensure you are meeting deadlines relevant to DEX and related fees.
- DEFEND: successfully complete the oral defense of your dissertation and make all edits requested by your committee.
- FORMAT your final draft: follow both APA and specific Program/Campus style guidelines. See "Formatting - 6th Ed. APA Guidelines" and "Formatting - Program/Campus Guidelines" tabs above.
If you need an editor to help with formatting or writing, see the "Editors" tab above for recommendations.
- SUBMIT: you then submit an electronic (pdf) copy of the manuscript to ProQuest. See "Submitting to ProQuest ETD" tab above.
a) The signature page is included, but unsigned.
b) As soon as you upload, library staff is notified that your
dissertation is ready for review. This review does not
c) Within seven business days of your submission, you
will receive e-mail notification of revisions you need to
make, if necessary. Make the changes and re-upload.
Repeat until all necessary revisions have been made
and the library approves the format.
- PRINT: once the manuscript has been accepted, you will be notified of your next steps. The specifics differ for each campus, but in general, you will be asked to print your dissertation and bring it to the library.
a) Note that your submission to the library should include
the signed signature page. The signature page should
be correctly formatted.
b) In San Diego you will be asked for signed forms
verifying your successful defense.
c) You will require a check for the binding fee. The fee is
different for each campus. Your librarian will notify you
of this fee once your manuscript is accepted.
- GRADUATE! When the library receives the hard copy, if all is in order, we then notify the registrar that you have successfully completed your dissertation.
- Manuscript paper (could be sold as business bond, resume paper, etc. - the paper type is strictly a marketing issue, just buy the most reasonably priced).
- 8.5” x 11” dimensions.
- White (or a shade of white, but basically white paper; some white paper is brighter than others).
- At least 25% cotton content (more % is ok; sometimes known as “rag content”, but nobody uses cotton rags anymore).
- Watermarked (branding device to prove the paper is high quality; should be able to see it only if you hold a sheet of the paper up to the light and look through the paper – otherwise invisible).
- No embossing – without a stamped, pressed-in pattern (not to be confused with the texture of the paper, which can’t be photo-paper smooth).
- Paper weight of at least 20 pound (higher is ok, but if it is more than 32 pound, the paper will almost be cardboard).
- No linen.
Additional Personal Copies of your Dissertation
Want additional personal copies of your dissertation?
- You can purchase bound copies through ProQuest/UMI (University Microfilms). Note that this copy will not have signatures on the signature/approval page.
- You can make copies on any paper of your choice and find a local bindery to do the binding.
- Alliant Campuses use the following binderies. If you want your copy to look like the one in the library collection, you can use your campuses bindery. You must work with them separately from Alliant. We do not request copies on your behalf:
FRESNO & SACRAMENTO:
Valley Library Bindery
1203 E Divisadero St Fresno, CA 93721
(They can work with you by mail and accept electronic files that include the signed approval/signature page.)
LOS ANGELES & IRVINE:
4860 Gregg Rd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Golden Rule Bindery
242 Bingham Dr. #101, San Marcos, CA 92069