Thursday, September 20, 2007

Coming soon: electronic dissertation submission

Beginning in fall of 2008, all dissertations at Emory will be submitted electronically. Right now, there's a pilot project involving a few departments (not us), but if you want to look at the site where you will upload the dissertation, and see what an uploaded dissertation looks like, you can do so here.

Expect to hear more about this in the coming years. One of the things that electronic dissertations will mean is that you will need to think about whether to replace restrictions on access to your dissertation. (This is already a question with print dissertations, but I do not people think as much about it now as they will when they are accessible via the internet.) I think it will also mean that those people who heavily quote copyrighted materials (think 20th c. poetry) may have to be more diligent about staying withing the boundaries of fair use -- or securing permission.

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