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Research Guides

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Overview of open access publishing and policies

Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

"A thesis or dissertation constitutes an important contribution to scholarship. Disseminating such contributions is consistent with the University of Washington’s mission to share its scholarly work with other scholars, students, and the public. Therefore, the University views the wide and timely dissemination of thesis and dissertation results as an obligation of students.

The Graduate School requires that all theses and dissertations be deposited electronically and made available through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, and through the University of Washington Libraries’ ResearchWorks repository service – which makes them available to other UW researchers and the general public."

UW Graduate School Policy for Deposit and Dissemination of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

Access Options for Electronic Theses and Dissertatons

Some students may wish to limit access to their thesis or dissertation for a limited amount of time.  Please refer to the Graduate School webpage to see options for sharing your electronic thesis or dissertation,

Questions about ETDs?


Liz Bedford - Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian or 206-685-1540

Gordon Aamot - Director, Scholarly Communication and Publishing  or 206-616-6431

Graduate School or 206-685-2630