Please prepare the following in advance:
- Descriptive information: you will be asked to provide an abstract as well as search keywords and basic description of your project (title, department, disciplines, etc.).
- Access level: you will be asked to choose from the following access levels:
- Open access
- Colby-only access
- Embargo period (unavailable for one or two years, then open access)
- Advisor approval: the libraries assume that you have discussed and agreed on access options with your advisor prior to submission.
- Electronic file of your thesis or Senior Scholars project, along with any supporting files (data, illustrations, etc.) that you wish to include.
- File format: PDF is recommended but not required. Other document formats (such as Word) will be auto-converted to PDF. This process occasionally produces errors in the formatting of tables, graphs, or charts.
- Versions: If your paper is not completely finished at the time of initial submission you have the option to upload a revision prior to final publishing.
Step-by Step Instructions:
- Create a Digital Commons account: http://bit.ly/DCatColby_account. (You can use either your Colby or a personal email address. If you use a long-term personal email address you will continue to receive author download reports beyond the expiration of you Colby email account.)
- After your account is activated, go to the Submit Research page: http://bit.ly/DCatColby_submit. Select Honors Theses.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your paper.
- Your rights, responsibilities and permissions as an author will be conveyed via the Digital Commons @ Colby submission agreement: http://bit.ly/DCatColby_agreement.
After you have made your submission, your advisor will be notified and asked to sign off by way of a brief email reply. Once your advisor’s approval has been received, library staff will complete the process and you will be notified by email.
The Colby College Libraries acknowledge that the intellectual rights for each Honors Thesis remain with the author. However, the act of depositing these materials with the Colby College Libraries indicates a willingness by the author to share her/his work with the Colby community and with the general public.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Martin Kelly, Digital Collections Librarian: [email protected]
Kara Kugelmeyer, Assistant Director of Research and Instruction; Data and Science Librarian: [email protected]