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What is S@C?

Scholarship@Claremont (S@C) is the open-access institutional repository of The Claremont Colleges. Free and immediate online access is provided to published and unpublished works by The Claremont Colleges community, including journal articles, books, book chapters, theses, dissertations, reports, conference proceedings, teaching materials, data sets, university publications. In addition to deposited works, Scholarship@Claremont publishes Open Access journals, Conference Proceedings, and open educational resources (OER).

All works are discoverable via Google Scholar.

Examples of undergraduate theses in S@C:

Choosing Access Types for Your Work

Unrestricted online access to your thesis for anyone, anywhere in the world to view, download, and cite, at no cost. Your Thesis information and the Full-Text download of your paper will appear on Google Scholar.

Reasons to choose OA:

  • Increases visibility of your work, potentially leading to improved job prospects or acceptance in graduate school.
  • Your work will be discoverable in Google, Google Scholar, WorldCat, and other search engines.
  • You’ll get a permanent URL that can be emailed, linked to, and posted on resumes, job applications, personal websites, etc.
  • Receive monthly download reports that tell you how often your thesis is viewed.
  • Preserves your work as part of the academic record of your college.

Learn more about Open Access.

Restricts access to the IP range of the Claremont Colleges, requiring a login to access. Only current students, faculty and staff will have access.  Your Thesis information but not the Full-Text download of your paper will appear on Google Scholar.

Reasons to choose Campus Access Only:

  • You may not feel comfortable having the world see your undergraduate thesis for various reasons, but you are okay with current and future Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff seeing your work.
    • Be advised: we regularly get requests to provide access to theses that have Campus Access Only licenses, since a brief record is still discoverable online. We may contact you asking if it is okay to share or if you want to change your license.

Restricts access upon upload, for a limited period of time. Your Thesis information but not the Full-Text download of your paper will appear on Google Scholar. Your paper will appear at the end of the embargo.

Reasons to embargo:

  • You intend to publish all/part of your thesis
  • The thesis is a result of participation in ongoing faculty research
  • Pending patent applications
  • Pending litigation

To choose this option you’ll need to fill out an Exception Request Form (Consult your college registrar’s web page for more details and forms: CMC, Scripps).

Requesting exemption from upload means that you will not provide online access to your work at all. You should not upload your thesis in this case to Scholarship@Claremont.

Reasons to request an exemption:

  • Sensitive data or information in your thesis that you can’t or don’t want to anonymize or redact
  • Lack of confidence in your scholarship
  • Unable to meet fair use exception(s) or obtain copyright permissions

To request an exemption, fill out an Exception Request Form and have it signed by your faculty reader and the Dean of Faculty (Consult your college registrar’s web page for more details and forms: CMC, Scripps).

Copyright & Terms of Use
  • You retain your copyright after you upload your thesis/dissertation to S@C.
  • By uploading your thesis/dissertation, you do agree to give the library the “non-exclusive right” to distribute your work over the Internet and to preserve the digital file. This means is that you give the library the right to display your work as part of S@C, but that won’t stop you from sharing it or disseminating it or adapting it as you see fit.
  • Be sure to do a Fair Use Analysis before uploading your thesis/dissertation, especially if you use content that is protected by copyright (e.g. images, graphs/charts, interviews, videos, music, etc.). If you don’t meet fair use, you will need to seek permission from the copyright holders.
  • As part of the submission process, you will be asked to select “Terms of Use & License Information” which will govern how others are allowed to use your work.
Instructions for Uploading

All CGU Doctoral Dissertations should be submitted as per CGU Doctoral Degree Regulations and Requirements.

  • Submit your final approved dissertation or thesis to the Registrar’s Office for publication through the ProQuest Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Administrator.  The ETD Administrator is an online tool provided by ProQuest to facilitate CGU’s collection, review, approval, and publication of theses and dissertations electronically.
  • After being approved by the registrar and published in Dissertations & Theses Global your dissertation will be posted by the Library in Scholarship@Claremont.
  • This process takes several months for questions contact for more information.

For MFA projects:

  • MFA graduate students are required to upload images taken of their artwork in the final MFA exhibit.
  • MFA graduate students are encouraged to upload their thesis statements as well.
  • Virtual galleries are created for the MFA exhibits linking individual exhibits to the students’ thesis statements. See an example gallery here.
  • To upload your CGU MFA project to S@C, follow these detailed instructions.

All CMC students are required to upload their theses to S@C.

There is currently no formal policy regarding HMC thesis submission to S@C. However, the Mathematics Department and Environmental Analysis Program both encourage submission.

There is currently no formal policy regarding Pitzer thesis submission to S@C. Two intercollegiate programs–Keck Science and Environmental Analysis–do encourage submission:

There is currently no formal policy regarding Pomona thesis submission to Scholarship@Claremont.

All Scripps students are required to upload their theses to S@C.

EA recommends that all senior theses be submitted to provide a record of the program and access to the research.

Follow the S@C General Upload Instructions, but be sure to choose the department “Environmental Analysis” after first selecting your home college’s Upload Option in S@C.

Keck Science Thesis Information

Follow the S@C General Upload Instructions with these additions:

  • Get your professor’s permission if your thesis is a result of ongoing faculty research.
  • Once you select your home college’s Upload Option in S@C, enter:
    • W.M. Keck Science Department as the first department
    • Then your major department (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics) as the second.
  • View the Tutorial Depositing Works to Scholarship@Claremont
How Do I Submit My Dissertation to ProQuest?

S@C is not connected to Proquest Dissertations & Theses database. Submitting your dissertation to ProQuest is a separate process from submitting to S@C.

Benefits of uploading to ProQuest

  • Increases the discoverability of your work:
    • Collocates many (but not all) dissertations from many (but not all) universities into one searchable system; this makes discovery of dissertations much easier.
    • Shares metadata with major subject databases expanding the discoverability of your dissertation (MLA, PsycInfo, ERIC, etc.).
  • Preserves submissions on microfilm, which helps to ensure long-term availability and preservation of dissertations.

Potential concerns about uploading to ProQuest

  • While ProQuest gives authors small royalties from each dissertation sale, it keeps the majority of the profits for itself.
  • If you only submit to ProQuest and not to Scholarship@Claremont, you will be limiting access to those who are affiliated with an institution that subscribes to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database or can afford to purchase a copy of the work from ProQuest.
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