ScholarWorks @ CWU is the institutional repository of Central Washington University. The collection is curated and administered by the James E. Brooks Library. ScholarWorks @ CWU showcases the scholarly and creative output of the University community, including student projects and theses. ScholarWorks also features archival material documenting the history of the Central Washington region.
To submit your honors thesis to ScholarWorks @ CWU, please follow the instructions below. If you have any questions, contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-963-1718.
There are numerous advantages to publicly sharing your honors thesis via ScholarWorks @ CWU. More people can find and read your thesis, meaning that you will reach a larger audience and may garner more citations to your work. In addition, you will increase the visibility of Central Washington University and benefit academia at large with your research.
Despite these advantages, in some cases, you may wish to embargo, or temporarily restrict access to your honors thesis. Three primary reasons for embargoing include:
Please consult your committee chair and committee members when making the decision to embargo. The Scholarly Communications Librarian can also offer advice about embargoing your honors thesis.
In order to embargo your honors thesis, you must fill out the form below.
Embargo Request forms must be returned to the Scholarly Communications Librarian via email at email@example.com.
Students may choose to request a one-, two-, or five-year embargo to protect their ability to publish or patent their work in the near future. An embargo provides a temporary, delayed public release of the work via ScholarWorks @ CWU. Embargo requests must be received at least one month prior to the posting of the honors thesis to ensure sufficient processing time.
You may find the following studies and articles helpful when considering whether or not to embargo your work:
Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences?
Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? Findings from a 2011 Survey of Academic Publishers
An Embargo on Dissertations Will Not Solve the Bigger Problem
You've Spent Years on Your Ph.D.: Should You Publish It Online for Free?