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electronic theses and dissertations

Preparing Your Document

Your school may already have detailed guidelines regarding the structure and format of your document. Please check with your Dean’s office and/or its thesis/dissertation website.

The main document you submit must consist of a PDF file (for the thesis/dissertation) with all of its fonts embedded. See our how-to document regarding embedding fonts. None of Acrobat’s PDF security features should be activated. (Note: All public computers in the O’Neill Library are equipped with both Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro.)

How to check your PDF properties to see if it meets all requirements:

In Adobe Acrobat, under File, select Properties. Check that the document includes the following properties

  • • Under Security: Security Method: No Security; Document Restrictions Summary: Everything allowed
  • • Under Fonts: All fonts should be listed either as embedded or as embedded subset.   

Image files should be included in the main PDF, by inserting JPEG files in the document.

Please review your document for the inclusion of any third-party copyrighted materials. Certain copyrighted works may be included under the fair use exception to the exclusive rights of copyright holders. If fair use does not apply, you may need to ask for permission from the copyright holder. For more information, consult the Copyright and Scholarship guide. If you need more help, please contact your subject librarian or the Scholarly Communication Librarian.

You may also submit supplemental files, such as multimedia or spreadsheets, preferably using non-proprietary file formats. If you have obtained permissions to include third-party copyrighted materials in your thesis/dissertation, these permissions should be submitted as supplemental files.

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