The following pages are all included in a single file named research.pdf along with the main content of your thesis or dissertation. They are part of your 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, you may need to seek permission to use the material in your thesis or dissertation. Examples of materials for which you would need to seek copyright permission include but are not limited to:
If copyright permission is needed, you must submit written approval for the use of the copyrighted material along with your thesis or dissertation.
The Office of Graduate Studies encourages students to seek permission to use copyrighted material in their theses and dissertations. Your work is published after it is submitted in approved form to the Office of Graduate Studies 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 your reader, and therefore the better the response to the fruits of your hard work. However, if you are unable or unwilling to obtain copyright permission for some of the materials in your research, you may substitute other items for the copyrighted material.
Acceptable substitutions include:
A student whose thesis or dissertation has had copyrighted material removed prior to submission must have his or her advisor sign a document reading:
“[Student’s name] has removed copyrighted material from the copy of the thesis or dissertation submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies 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 Office of Graduate Studies.
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.