The following pages are all included in a single file named research.pdf along with the main content of the thesis or dissertation. They are part of the research document, and so are considered research materials.
The naming convention for this file is very specific. It should be all lowercase, exactly as it is here: research.pdf.
The order of the sections in research.pdf is:
If your work contains material that has been copyrighted by another party, students may need to seek permission to use the material in their thesis or dissertation. Examples of materials for which a student would need to seek copyright permission include but are not limited to:
If copyright permission is needed, submit written approval for the use of the copyrighted material along with the thesis or dissertation.
The Graduate School encourages students to seek permission to use copyrighted material in their theses and dissertations. The work is published after it is submitted in approved form to the Graduate School and will be available to audiences who wish to know more about the subject you investigate.
The more full and complete the thesis or dissertation, the better the experience for the reader, and therefore the better the response to the fruits of the student’s hard work. However, if the student is unable or unwilling to obtain copyright permission for some of the materials in the research, other items may be substituted for the copyrighted material.
Acceptable substitutions include:
A student whose thesis or dissertation has had copyrighted material removed prior to submission must have their advisor sign a document reading:
“[Student’s name] has removed copyrighted material from the copy of the thesis or dissertation submitted to the Graduate School for electronic publication. I certify that I approve the thesis or dissertation in this form. The student has presented accurate information as to where the removed, copyrighted material can be found.”
Students are prohibited from using research (data, results, methods or other content) in their theses or dissertations that could restrict subsequent publication or public disclosure of these documents. Examples of restricted information include classified or proprietary materials.
This policy was approved by the Graduate Faculty Senate. Questions regarding the applicability of this policy to thesis or dissertation content should be referred to the Graduate School.
UMI/Proquest is the company that does all the University’s thesis and dissertation processing. It has created a guide to copyright for dissertation and thesis authors, including how to avoid copyright infringement and how to protect your own copyrights. The document also includes a sample permission letter you may use to obtain permission for using copyrighted material in your dissertation or thesis.