Submitting Theses and Dissertations

The William H. Hannon Library permanently archives and makes available electronic theses, dissertations and research projects (ETDRPs) of graduate students to the Loyola Marymount University community and the general public via Digital Commons, the University’s Institutional Repository.

Digital Commons at Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School is an initiative of the William H. Hannon Library and the William M. Rains Library. The repository serves faculty, students, staff, administrators and other institutional interests by collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating their scholarship and creative works in a digital, open-access environment. This initiative is consistent with the library’s archival role and responsibility in preserving publications and other artifacts documenting the University’s history and the activities of the LMU community.

Graduate programs may opt in to provide access controls for ETDRP collections or individual theses. This will be done on a program-by-program basis. Documented need to control access should be made available to the Library, which will then put the necessary access controls in place. Depending on needs of authors, who may be looking to turn their thesis or dissertation into a publication or have proprietary concerns regarding the content of their work, access controls may be put in place.

Graduate students grant the library permission to electronically archive, copy, or convert their ETDRPs for non-commercial use, for preservation purposes and to ensure future accessibility. The ETDRPs in Digital Commons become a part of University property and the library’s permanent collections with a non-exclusive, perpetual right to electronically store and provide online access to the ETDRP.

Graduate students retain copyright to the intellectual property of their works represented in Digital Commons.

Access and Availability
The full text of LMU theses and dissertations will be freely available to any person regardless of institutional affiliation.

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Fill out the Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Research Projects Form and submit it to Jill Cornelio at the William H. Hannon Library, 3rd floor, Room 316. Please submit this form at the same time that you submit your thesis, dissertation, or research project or there will be a delay in your work being uploaded to Digital Commons.

The Library no longer handles binding for print dissertations, theses or research projects. Students can work directly with other companies that offer this service.