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What Happens to Your Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)

Information about Access When You Submit an ETD at Washington University in St. Louis

Third-Party Search (Dissertations)

This option is only available for dissertations submited through ProQuest. It is not an option for master's theses (as of Summer 2015).

“I want major search engines to discover my work”

No: Work is not “discoverable via search engine (Google, etc.).” It will allow “distribution to the academic community through our [ProQuest] traditional direct channels”

Yes: Basic metadata and links to ProQuest databases are available

One of the options offered by ProQuest is to restrict the work from indexing by search engines. Because it is not possible to restrict Open Scholarship from indexing by search engines, when an ETD author has selected “No” for this option, a 100-year embargo has been applied. This means that a record of your work can be found via search engines and in Open Scholarship, but the full text is not available electronically.

In Open Scholarship, we cannot restrict search engine access within the repository. We will hide the full-text of your ETD but make a citation and abstract available online. This becomes equivalent to a permanent embargo. If you also select an embargo, the longer option will be applied.