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Ask a Librarian. To complete the administrative process of forming the committee, students submit the dissertation committee form to the coordinator. The form requires the signatures of each reader, so please begin collecting signatures as soon as possible. After establishing a dissertation committee, a student may choose to replace a reader.
This decision should be made after careful consideration and consultation with his or her advisor. The Graduate Coordinator, once notified, will update the official record of committee names. Students defend their dissertation before it is approved by the dissertation defense committee. Prior to the oral defense, each member of the defense committee writes a detailed report on the dissertation. The defense itself should last approximately two hours. It is open to the intellectual community of faculty and graduate students as well as friends and family of the candidate.
Once the dissertation has been successfully defended, the members of the defense committee sign the dissertation acceptance certificate, and append their reports to it. The defense needs to be held before the GSAS dissertation submission deadline, and final dissertations must be submitted to the members of the Dissertation Defense Committee at least one month in advance to give them time to prepare their reports. This suggests the following timelines:.
Therefore, the defense must occur no later than early May again, with final draft submitted at least a month prior. Therefore, the defense must occur no later than early September with final draft submitted at least a month prior.
Students can also apply for a March degree. The GSAS dissertation submission deadline for March degrees is in mid-January, which means that students aiming for the March degree will need to defend by mid-December, before the winter break. Dissertations must be received by pm on the deadline date for the given degree period. Dissertations should be submitted in their final format, in accordance with the guidelines listed in the Form of the PhD Dissertation booklet, and ready for publication.
Formatting errors may prevent the conferral of the degree and the student may need to apply for the next available degree period. A sample dissertation as well as the Top Ten Common Errors are provided for your convenience. The following two surveys must be completed and completion confirmation codes provided during dissertation submission.
In other words, can you make the point in the thesis without using, for instance, an in-copyright image? Is that image necessary to your dissertation? If not, perhaps, for copyright reasons, you should not include the image. Published, fact-based content favors fair use and includes scholarly analysis in published academic venues. Creative works, including artistic images, are afforded more protection under copyright, and depending on your use in light of the other factors, may be less likely to favor fair use; however, this does not preclude considerations of fair use for creative content altogether.
Small, or less significant, amounts favor fair use. A good rule of thumb is to use only as much of the in-copyright content as necessary to serve your purpose. Can you use a thumbnail rather than a full-resolution image? Can you use a black-and-white photo instead of color? Can you quote select passages instead of including several pages of the content? These simple changes bolster your fair use of the material. If there is a market for licensing this exact use or type of educational material, then this weighs against fair use.
If however, there would likely be no effect on the potential commercial market, or if it is not possible to obtain permission to use the work, then this favors fair use. Consider the following options if you find you cannot reasonably make a fair use claim for the content you wish to incorporate:. Use openly licensed content as an alternative to the original third-party content you intended to use.
Openly-licensed content grants permission up-front for reuse of in-copyright content, provided your use meets the terms of the open license. Use content in the public domain, as this content is not in-copyright and is therefore free of all copyright restrictions. Whereas third-party content is owned by parties other than you, no one owns content in the public domain; everyone, therefore, has the right to use it.
Contact your Copyright First Responder. Please note, Copyright First Responders assist with questions concerning copyright and fair use, but do not assist with the process of obtaining permission from copyright holders. Pages should be assigned a number except for the Dissertation Acceptance Certificate. Preliminary pages abstract, table of contents, list of tables, graphs, illustrations, and preface should use small Roman numerals i, ii, iii, iv, v, etc.
All pages must contain text or images. Count the title page as page i and the copyright page as page ii, but do not print page numbers on either page. For the body of text, use Arabic numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. Page numbers must be centered throughout the manuscript at the top or bottom.
It is customary not to have a page number on the page containing a chapter heading. This page should not be counted or numbered. The DAC will appear in the online version of the published dissertation. The dissertation begins with the title page; the title should be as concise as possible and should provide an accurate description of the dissertation.
Alternatively, students may choose to license their work openly under a Creative Commons license. The author remains the copyright holder while at the same time granting up-front permission to others to read, share, and depending on the license adapt the work, so long as proper attribution is given. By default, under copyright law, the author reserves all rights; under a Creative Commons license, the author reserves some rights. An abstract, numbered as page iii , should immediately follow the copyright page and should state the problem, describe the methods and procedures used, and give the main results or conclusions of the research.
The abstract will appear in the online and bound versions of the dissertation and will be published by ProQuest. There is no maximum word count for the abstract. Dissertations divided into sections must contain a table of contents that lists, at minimum, the major headings in the following order:. Supplemental figures and tables must be placed at the end of the dissertation in an appendix, not within or at the end of a chapter. If additional digital information including audio, video, image, or datasets will accompany the main body of the dissertation, it should be uploaded as a supplemental file through ProQuest ETD.
As a matter of copyright, dissertations comprising the student's previously published works must be authorized for distribution from DASH. The guidelines in this section pertain to any previously published material that requires permission from publishers or other rightsholders before it may be distributed from DASH. Please note:. Authors whose publishing agreements grant the publisher exclusive rights to display, distribute, and create derivative works will need to seek the publisher's permission for nonexclusive use of the underlying works before the dissertation may be distributed from DASH.
Authors whose publishing agreements indicate the authors have retained the relevant nonexclusive rights to the original materials for display, distribution, and the creation of derivative works may distribute the dissertation as a whole from DASH without need for further permissions. It is recommended that authors consult their publishing agreements directly to determine whether and to what extent they may have transferred exclusive rights under copyright. The Office for Scholarly Communication OSC is available to help the author determine whether she has retained the necessary rights or requires permission.
Please note, however, the Office of Scholarly Communication is not able to assist with the permissions process itself. Missing Dissertation Acceptance Certificate. This page should not be counted or numbered as a part of the dissertation pagination.
The DAC and the dissertation title page must match exactly, meaning that the author name and the title on the title page must match that on the DAC. If you use your full middle name or just an initial on one document, it must be the same on the other document. Abstract Formatting Errors. The advisor name should be left-justified, and the author's name should be right-justified.
Up to two advisor names are allowed. The front matter should be numbered using Roman numerals iii, iv, v, …. The title page and the copyright page should be counted but not numbered. The first printed page number should appear on the Abstract page iii. The body of the dissertation should be numbered using Arabic numbers 1, 2, 3, ….
The first page of the body of the text should begin with page 1. Pagination may not continue from the front matter. Figures and tables Figures and tables must be placed within the text, as close to their first mention as possible. Figures and tables that span more than one page must be labeled on each page. This applies to figure captions as well as images.
They may not repeat within the dissertation. Page numbers must be placed in the same location on all pages of the dissertation, centered, at the bottom or top of the page. Supplemental Figures and Tables. Supplemental figures and tables must be placed at the back of the dissertation in an appendix.
They should not be placed at the back of the chapter. Book pickup, Ask a Librarian, and on-demand scanning are available. Many other services, tools, and collections can be accessed online. Learn more. Beyond their value as pieces of original research, these collections document the history of American higher education, chronicling both the growth of Harvard as a major research institution as well as the development of numerous academic fields.
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