UNLV theses and dissertations are made available through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global subsription database and through UNLV's open access institutional repository, Digital Scholarship@UNLV. This requirement is described in the UNLV Degree Progression Policies & Procedures section of the current UNLV Graduate Catalog.
UNLV provides open access to recent theses, dissertations, and some capstone projects and professional papers. Recent additions to the collection can be found below, and the entire online collection can be viewed in Digital Scholarship@UNLV, the institutional repository.
UNLV Graduate Students have options regarding sharing of their thesis or dissertations including whether to apply an embargo on their work. The Graduate College oversees the embargo process and questions about embargo options should be directed to the Graduate College Offices.
While understanding author preferences vary, there are many good reasons to share your work in ProQuest and Digital Scholarship@UNLV:
A thesis, dissertation, or professional paper is an important contribution to scholarship and society. Sharing these contributions supports UNLV’s mission and Top Tier efforts to create an environment in which “students produce high quality, widely disseminated, and influential research, scholarship, and creative activities.”
The most effective way to share theses and dissertations is through UNLV’s Institutional Repository, Digital Scholarship@UNLV. Digital Scholarship@UNLV is an open access repository that allows visitors from anywhere in the world to discover and download UNLV-produced scholarship. There are other benefits for students and the university to have theses, dissertations, and professional papers in Digital Scholarship@UNLV:
The complete Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines are available from the Graduate College website. The Graduate College provides resources for students including getting started, formatting, and procedures for submitting your final thesis or dissertation.
This provides a general outline of submitting the thesis or dissertation to ProQuest, once the Graduate College has provided the student with the final approved copy. Complete submission instructions are provided at the time the final document is approved.
Basic steps for submitting your work to ProQuest:
Your work in Digital Scholarship@UNLV:
You only need to submit your document to ProQuest. The library will receive a copy of your final submitted thesis or dissertation and all the associated metadata you provided including dates of approved embargoes directly from ProQuest. You will be notified when your document is posted in Digital Scholarship@UNLV.
The Quick Take video below gives a brief overview of the process to upload your thesis or dissertation in ProQuest.
UNLV’s Rebel Copy and Send, located on campus in the Student Union, will work with graduates who would like a bound, printed copy of their thesis or dissertation. Turnaround time is approximately one week. They will accept in-person orders only. Visit their website for hours and contact information. Other options are:
The UNLV Graduate College provides information for authors on copyright and embargoes in the Thesis and Dissertation Format and Submission Guidelines at https://www.unlv.edu/graduatecollege/thesis.
Section 7 of the Guidelines covers:
In short, your work is copyrighted by you automatically. However you have decisions to make regarding registration of that copyright, and whether or not you wish to delay the release of your work to the public.
Here are a few common questions we receive about theses and dissertations in Digital Scholarship@UNLV:
I've submitted my thesis or dissertation, how long will it take to show in ProQuest or Digital Scholarship@UNLV?
I don't want my thesis or dissertation to be available right away. How do I get an embargo added to it?
I have a question about the process - who should I contact?