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Comparative Literature Ph.D. Dissertation Guidelines

Guide for Comparative Literature Ph.D. dissertation, defense, and electronic submission.

Overview (Ph.D.)

  • Present completed Title, Scope, and Procedure (TSP) Ph.D. form^  to the faculty advisor and Research Advisory Commitee (RAC) for approval and signatures for submission to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) before beginning the fifth year of full-time enrollment in the Graduate School. 
  • File the Intent to Graduate (ITG) for the Ph.D. 
  • Create an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD).
  • Form a Dissertation Defense Commitee and complete the Dissertation Defense Committee form.
  • Confer with the Dissertation Director about procedures for submission of chapters and revisions during the dissertation writing process.
  • Review the OGS Dissertation and Thesis Template and consult it for answers to all formatting questions.
  • Consult with Dissertation Defense Committee and schedule the oral defense, and complete the Dissertation Defense Notification form.
  • Submit complete dissertation manuscript upon approval by the Dissertation Director to the Dissertation Committee, no less than 4 weeks in advance of the scheduled defense.
  • Pass the oral defense.
  • Complete Survey of Earned Doctorates.
  • Create ProQuest Online Account.
  • Submit the dissertation to the OGS electronically via ProQuest.
  • Forward email from OGS of approval of dissertation to Coordinator along with .pdf of dissertation to order copies from Thesis on Demand.
  • Request Degree Certification (optional).
  • RSVP to Ceremony

Reserve Regalia

The Student is responsible for punctually completing and providing all of the necessary materials(^) for submission to the OGS, and for formatting the dissertation in accordance with its guidelines. 

The Dissertation Director is responsible for assisting The Student in assembling the full five member Dissertation Defense Committee for the defense, for assisting in arranging a defense date and location, as well as submitting all required signed paperwork and forms(^) to the The Coordinator for submission to the OGS via Portal(*), including the Dissertation Defense Committee  and  Examination Approval forms . 

The OGS provides a comprehensive Doctoral Dissertation Guide for all Ph.D. candidates. 

Preliminary Paperwork

  • Title, Scope, and Procedure (TSP)

Intent to Graduate (ITG)

Open researcher and contributor id (orcid), title, scope, and procedure (tsp) ph.d..

Completed by The Student, Submitted by The Coordinator

By the time of completion of the Comprehensive Exams, students should have formulated a dissertation topic and selected a Dissertation Director, as well as two additional readers. The Student submits a  Title, Scope and Procedure Ph.D. form^  (TSP) for approval; this form requires the signatures of the Dissertation Director and two additional readers (collectively known as the Research Advisory Committee or RAC), as well as the Program Director. The RAC normally consists of three tenured or tenur-track Washington University faculty members.

The TSP form includes and initial outline or model to research the dissertation topic, which must be comparative. TSP form outlines the preliminary dissertation title, a brief abstract, and methodology. 

  • "Scope" defines the dissertation limits (what is intended to be covered and not covered), and
  • "Procedure" describes the manner intended to conduct research. 

The Academic and Administrative Coordinator must receive the completed and signed TSP form to submit to the Office of Graduate Studies on behalf of the student.  The TSP form must be completed and submitted to the OGS before beginning the fifth year of full-time enrollment in the Office of Graduate Studies. The TSP may change in the course of research: contact the Academic and Administrative Coordinator with requirements for an amended form if this occurs.

Completed by The Student

The Student must file an Intent to Graduate (ITG) form for the semester in which they intend to graduate. Deadlines for filing the Intent to Graduate form for each semester are listed on the Office of Graduate Studies’s online calendar. Complete this form by logging onto  WebSTAC and clicking on “Intent to Graduate” from the menu . Take note of the diploma pick-up and mailing dates that are included in the form because the diploma will be mailed to the address entered.

If the graduation semester changes, a new form must be filed for the term the Student intends to graduate.

Ph.D. students are encouraged to establish an Open Researcher and contributor ID (ORCiD) , a free, personal digital identifier. Many scholars will want to establish their ORCiD profile and maintain it throughout their careers. For more information, visit https://libguides.wustl.edu/orcid.

Dissertation Defense

The Student should work with the Dissertation Director to establish an effective and efficient calendar for submission of work, allowing time for revisions. Once the Dissertation Director has approved a chapter, the student should submit it to the other two readers.  The Student is expected to respect the suggestions for revision from all three of their readers for each chapter as they go along. This process ensures that the dissertation is sound from their different perspectives before the Student submits the completed dissertation to the larger Dissertation Committee for the "defense."

Dissertation Defense Committee

Completed by The Student and The Dissertation Director, submitted by The Coordinator to OGS

The Defense Committee consists of at least five members, who normally meet two independent criteria:

  • Four of the five must be tenured or tenure-track Washington University faculty; one of these four may be a member of the Emeritus faculty. The fifth member must have a doctoral degree and an active research program, whether at Washington University, at another university, in government, or in industry.
  • Three of the five must come from the student's degree program; at least one of the five must not.

All Dissertation Committees must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School or by their designee, regardless of whether they meet the normal criteria. Approval requires completion of the Dissertation Defense Committee form^ . The Coordinator must receive the completed and DGS signed Dissertation Defense Committeee form to submit to OGS on behalf of The Student via Portal.

This form and Defense Committee must be approved by the Graduate School before the scheduling of the dissertation defense can occur; this MUST be completed and approved at least 3 weeks ahead of your desired defense date. 

Dissertation Defense Notification

Completed by The Student, submitted by The Coordinator to OGS

Once the Defense Committee is approved via an email from the OGS, The Coordinator can help The Student in securing a time and location for the defense. After approval of the Defense Committee and at least 15 days before the defense, The Coordinator will submit a Defense Notification* to the OGS via Portal stating the time, date, and location of the defense, as well as attach an updated CV of The Student^. The Student is required to provide the Coordinator with the Dissertation Defense Information   (date and location of defense, title of dissertation) and a copy of the Student CV in a .pdf format for submission.

Distribution of Dissertation

Once the Dissertation Director has approved the content and the style of the entire dissertation, The Student must distribute copies of the full document to all members of the Defense Committee, including external readers, in preparation for the oral defense. The Student should allow a minimum of three (3) weeks for the Defense Committee members to read the thesis. The Student is responsible for giving copies of the dissertation to the Defense Committee. According to the OGS, the Defense Committee members may request rescheduling of the defense if the dissertation is not made available at least 1 week in advance.

While certain critiques and suggestions from the larger Defense Committee during the defense are to be expected, indeed encouraged, The Dissertation Director, by signaling approval of The Student's submission of the dissertation to the Defense Committee, is indicating the support of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) members, i.e., that they stand by the work and are prepared to support its content and form at the defense.

OGS provides a Dissertation and Thesis Template for all Ph.D. candidates.

Defense of Dissertation

Completed by The Student and The Defense Committee, 

From Graduate School Information on Defense of the Dissertation :

"Attendance by a minimum of four members of the Dissertation Defense Committee, including the committee chair and an outside member, is required for the defense to take place. This provision is designed to permit your defense to proceed in case of a situation that unexpectedly prevents one of the five members from attending. Do not plan in advance to have only four members in attendance; if one of those four cannot attend, your defense must be rescheduled. Note that the absence of all outside members or of the committee chair would necessitate rescheduling the defense.

"Members of the Dissertation Defense Committee normally attend in person, but one of the five (or, in case of an emergency, one of the four) members may attend virtually instead.

“Faculty and graduate students who are interested in the subject of the dissertation are normally welcome to attend all or part of the defense but may ask questions only at the discretion of the committee members. Though there is some variation among degree programs, the defense ordinarily focuses on the dissertation itself and its relation to the student’s field of expertise.”

Examination Approval Form

Signed by The Defense Committee, delivered to The Coordinator by The Dissertation Director, submitted by The Coordinator to OGS

The Dissertation Director is responsible for gathering signatures of the committee on the Examination Approval Form ^*. The Coordinator will then submit it on behalf of The Student via Portal.

Preparing for Electronic Submission

Visit the OGS calendar for the Dissertation/Thesis Final Submission deadline. The following items must be completed by this deadline or Graduation and degree dates will need to be delayed. It is encouraged to submit the dissertation before the deadline in the event fomatting changes are needed.

Consult the Comparative Literature subject librarian regarding copyright permissions for any copyrighted work included in the dissertation. 

Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)

Students are encouraged to complete their Survey of Earned Doctorates  prior to the dissertation deadline. Do this as soon as possible so that OGS has a record of its arrival in time for graduation requirements to be met. OGS will be notified automatically once the survey is complete. 

The electronic submission of the dissertation will not be processed or approved until this email arrives to OGS. 

Creating ProQuest Online Account

After successful defense of the dissertation and completion of any committee requested changes, OGS requires that The Student create an online account at ProQuest ( http://www.etdadmin.com/wustl ) to submit the final approved text. ProQuest is this country’s most widely used commercial archiving service for dissertations and theses.

Electronic Submission of Dissertation

Visit the OGS calendar for the Dissertation/Thesis Final Submission deadline. The following items must be completed by this deadline or Graduation and degree dates will need to be delayed. It is encouraged to submit the dissertation before the deadlin in the event fomatting changes are needed.

Checklist for Electronic Submission

The Student must have completed all items below before the electronic submission of the dissertation to ProQuest.

 

Filed Intent to Graduate for the semester planned to complete degree?
  Does the title page indicate the correct administrative unit?
  Is the committee alphabetized by last name, after chair/co-chair?
  Is The Title in Upper and Lower Case, as in This Quest?
  Does the title page indicate the month and year in which the degree is being conferred?
  If including an abstract page, does it use the required heading found in the Dissertation & Thesis Template?
  Is the front matter numbered correctly, starting with ii?
  Does the page numbering on the Table of Contents correspond to the correct page location?
  Does the Table of Contents include a bibliography/references/works cited?
  Completed the Survey of Earned Doctorates?
  Completed the Post-Graduation Job Survey?
  Has the OGS received the Examination Approval Form?
  Any requisite copyright permission letters?

The OGS is notified when you submit your dissertation to ProQuest. When reviewing submission, they ensure that the Examination Approval Form and Survey of Earned Doctorates have been completed and check the submitted PDF to ensure that all formatting requirements have been followed. The amount of time needed to review the manuscript, and the number and nature of any changes that may be required to make, are generally determined by how carefully the work has been prepared. Do not wait until the deadline day to submit the dissertation! Work must be formatted correctly and approved by the OGS in order for graduation. Once the OGS review is complete, they will send you an email through ProQuest saying one of the following:

  • Submission has no revisions and is being accepted.
  • Submission has no revisions, but there is missing required paperwork.
  • Submission has a few revisions that must be made before accepting.

Ordering Bound Copies and Degree Certification

After the dissertation has been approved by the OGS, The Student should forward The Coordinator the OGS dissertation approval email for ordering of bound copies from Thesis On Demand.

The Student may need to present proof of completion of degree to a prospective employer before receiving a diploma. In that case, only after notification that submission has been approved, The Student may request a Degree Certification on the Graduate School website , on the Forms page.

Commencement and Hooding

Once the dissertation has been approved, The Student should contact The Dissertation Director for confirmation of the Hooding Ceremony for Commencement. Traditionally, The Dissertation Director will be present to present The Student with the Ph.D. hood during the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony. 

Reservation to Ceremony

Registration for the Commencement ceremony is required and is separate from the ITG and ordering of regalia. Please register by the deadline online via the Wash U Commencement site .

Please note that the deadline and process for ordering regalia will be announced on the Wash U Commencement regalia  site and is taken care of by the Wash U Bookstore and NOT the Comparative Literature program. 

Questions from students may be addressed to the current Comparative Literature Academic and Administrative Coordinator  (aka Graduate Program Assistant, or GPA) or the Comparative Literature program at:  [email protected] .

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Dissertation Guide

Each PhD candidate, as evidence of mastery of a specific field of knowledge and capacity for original, scholarly work, must complete a dissertation. The subject must be approved by a Research Advisory Committee consisting of at least three tenured or tenure-track faculty members. This committee is ordinarily led by the student’s major advisor and must be approved by the Office of Graduate Studies. A Title, Scope, and Procedure Form for the dissertation must be signed by the committee members and by the program Chair, and then submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, no later than the end of the student's fourth year.

  • Title, Scope & Procedure Form (PhD)
  • Dissertation Defense Committee Form
  • Doctoral Dissertation Guide

More Forms from the Office of Graduate Studies

Institutional Repository Support

Open Scholarship is the institutional repository for Washington University in St. Louis. Maintained by the Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing Services Department within the WashU Libraries, it provides free and open access to the scholarly and creative output of faculty, staff, and students by gathering it in one place.

Open Scholarship is intended for scholarly work authored by Washington University in St. Louis faculty, staff, researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students. The focus is on larger collections of material, such as electronic theses and dissertations, undergraduate honors theses, conference posters, and white papers and reports.

For more information about Open Scholarship, contact Repository Services Manager Emily Stenberg or email Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing Services at [email protected] .

For information about hosting data in the Washington University Research Data (WURD) repository, please reach out to Data Services .

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Doctoral Dissertation Submission Information

Doctoral candidates on the Danforth campus submit their dissertations through their individual schools to ProQuest through an online form. If a school’s guide is not listed below, contact your registrar’s office for more information.

  • Office of Graduate Studies Guides (for Arts & Sciences)
  • McKelvey School of Engineering Thesis & Dissertation Submission Procedures

After files for a given degree award period have been submitted to ProQuest and posted to their database, those files are then forwarded to WashU Libraries, and library staff merge the files into the Libraries institutional repository, Open Scholarship This usually occurs three months after commencement.

Dissertation Access Options

Please expand the options below to learn more about the four ProQuest sections that deal with rights and access.

Select the “Traditional Publishing” option. Open Access is provided for free through the Washington University repository.

If you choose to delay the release of your work, access to the full text of the dissertation will be delayed for the specified period, though the work’s citation and abstract will be available.

Embargoes expire automatically without notification. Dissertation authors must contact Proquest and Scholarly Communication & Digital Publishing Services ([email protected]) to make changes. One renewal for up to three years is allowed. Academic departmental policy may govern the use and duration of embargoes, and students should consult their department. Refer to the Embargoes section of the WashU Libraries Open Scholarship Submission and Use Policy for more information.

Reasons to request an embargo might include that the author pursuing a patent for the work, that the research sponsor requires a specified embargo period, or that the submission includes sensitive or proprietary content, such as work conducted with a corporate partner or a risk of research participants’ identity exposure.

If the option “I do not want my work to be discoverable in Proquest through Google Scholar and other major search engines” is selected when submitting a dissertation, Proquest will not make the work available for indexing until the embargo end date.

The WashU Libraries cannot prevent indexing of its repository site but will honor a dissertation’s embargo date.

Dissertation authors do not need to file for copyright (or ask Proquest to file on their behalf) to include a copyright page in their manuscript.

Please direct copyright questions to [email protected]

For more on this subject, please see the Copyright Registration on the Copyright Support page .

Master’s Thesis Submission Information

Master’s theses are submitted directly to the WashU Libraries repository and are reviewed by the appropriate school registrar. Anyone who submits a thesis will first need to create a free account using the following four steps:

  • Create an account through bepress on Open Scholarship by selecting My Account / Sign up.
  • You will need to provide an email address and your full name and create a password. You do not have to use your WUSTL email address, but you should use one you check regularly.
  • After you sign up, you will receive an email confirmation with a link you must click in order to activate your account.
  • If you have successfully created an account and logged in, Open Scholarship should take you to your My Account page. From here, you can submit your thesis to the appropriate collection (series).

Thesis Submission Instructions by School

MFA in Visual Art candidates submit their approved theses to Open Scholarship’s MFA in Visual Art using the “Submit Research” option under Author Corner on the left-side menu.

MFA in Illustration and Visual Culture candidates submit their approved theses to Open Scholarship’s MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture using the “Submit Research” option under Author Corner on the left-side menu.

Master’s degree students in the Graduate School of Architecture (MSAS) are expected but not required to submit a thesis to Open Scholarship’s Graduate School of Architecture series. Use the “Submit Research” option on the left-side menu under Author Corner.

Master’s candidates in the Brown School should submit their theses to Open Scholarship’s Brown School Theses and Dissertations using the “Submit Research” option under Author Corner on the left-side menu.

Reviewers from the Brown School will approve the thesis and notify a candidate through the Open Scholarship system.

Master’s candidates in the McKelvey School of Engineering submit their theses electronically to Open Scholarship’s McKelvey School of Engineering Theses & Dissertations using the “Submit Research” option under Author Corner on the left-side menu.

The McKelvey School of Engineering Reviewers will approve the thesis and notify a candidate through the Open Scholarship system.

Students with a Master’s / MS project in Computer Science and Engineering should submit their projects directly to Open Scholarship’s All Computer Science and Engineering Research collection using the “Submit Research” option under Author Corner on the left-side menu.

Please see the McKelvey School of Engineering Thesis & Dissertation Submission Procedures for more information .

Master’s candidates in Arts & Sciences should submit their theses electronically to Open Scholarship’s Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations using the “Submit Research” option under Arthur Corner on the left-side menu.

Reviewers from Arts & Sciences will approve the thesis and notify a candidate through the Open Scholarship system.

For more information, please see the Office of Graduate Studies Guides (for Arts & Sciences).

Binding Options

The University does not accept paper copies for binding. However, individuals may order a bound copy on their own through Thesis on Demand; please see the Dissertation Guide for more information.

If there are questions about using Thesis on Demand, please visit the Thesis on Demand FAQ page (enter “63130” as the zip code, even for students on the medical campus).

Finding WashU Dissertations and Theses

  • WashU Open Scholarship (2009 – ) | Beginning in 2009, all theses and dissertations completed at Washington University were required to be submitted in electronic form. Dissertations are submitted directly to UMI / Proquest Dissertation Services; Master’s theses are locally submitted to the Washington University Open Scholarship Repository.
  • Dissertations & Theses @ Washington University in St. Louis (1996-) | Full-text. Citations and abstracts of dissertations and theses submitted by Washington University and published in UMI’s Dissertation Abstracts database. View 24-page previews of dissertations and theses and download the full-text.
  • WashU Classic Catalog | To limit to dissertations and theses, modify search and add title=theses and/or author=Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.).
  • Quick Search | Researchers may find dissertations when filtering the Resource Type by Dissertations.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I (1743-) | The complete range of academic subjects appearing in dissertations accepted at accredited institutions since 1743, updated monthly. View 24-page previews of dissertations and theses and download the full-text. Abstracts are included from July 1980; abstracts for master’s theses begin in Spring 1988. Not all universities require doctoral candidates to submit their dissertations to this database. For the most comprehensive search, include other sources. Learn more about the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. Note: Researchers cannot request full-text dissertations or theses from within the ProQuest database. To request full-text dissertations or theses found on the ProQuest database, log in to ILLiad, select Request a Thesis, and complete the form.

Finding WashU Dissertations and Theses FAQs

  • Are Washington University theses and dissertations available to users at other institutions through Interlibrary Loan?
  • How can I read a dissertation or thesis (an ETD) that is Embargoed in Open Scholarship?
  • Read more FAQs on the Dissertation & Theses Ask Us thread

Submitting Undergraduate Honors Theses or Capstone Projects

Undergraduate Honors Theses or Capstone Projects may be submitted to Open Scholarship Senior Honors Papers / Undergraduate Theses using the Submit Research option under the Author Corner on the left-side menu.

Department or school-specific collections are at:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers (Sam Fox School)
  • Olin Business School, Honors in Management
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Honors Papers

Students may choose Restricted (campus-only) or Unrestricted (worldwide) access. Content is not reviewed by administrators before being posted and made available online. Please ensure you have reviewed the content with your mentor(s), especially to confirm that you are authorized to include all the content, including data, in your submission.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to read through the Submission Guidelines for Senior Honors Papers / Undergraduate Theses and the Policies for Senior Honors Papers / Undergraduate Theses.

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All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

All doctoral dissertations authored by Washington University doctoral degree candidates are directly submitted to the UMI Dissertation Services , a division of the ProQuest Company. (For more information on submitting your dissertation through ProQuest, please see the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences' web pages on the Submission of the Dissertation .)

Beginning in 2009 (for degrees awarded in August, 2009) all theses and dissertations completed at Washington University were required to be submitted in electronic form. Print submissions are no longer accepted. Dissertations are submitted directly in electronic form to UMI / Proquest Dissertation Services. Master’s theses are locally submitted in electronic form directly into the Washington University Open Scholarship Repository. Please contact your academic department document for information on the preparation and formatting requirements of the thesis itself. D.Sc. and Masters Thesis Format Guidelines . See the Theses & Dissertations (ETDs) for more information on submission and access options and links to details for PhD Candidates and Master’s Candidates.

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Research Help: Dissertations and Theses

How to read a thesis or dissertation under embargo

Some theses and dissertations may have a record in Open Scholarship , but the full text is not available. These works have been placed under embargo by the author. An embargo means that access to the work is limited, not that it is inaccessible. Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) held by the Washington University Libraries under embargo may be viewed by a patron under controlled conditions that parallel conditions of print submission.

Contact Digital Library Services at digital AT wumail DOT wustl DOT edu with the title and author of the embargoed ETD you wish to read. Upon request, a print copy of the thesis or dissertation will be made available at the Special Collections reading room on the first floor of Olin Library. Special Collections is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photocopying, scanning, photographing, etc. of the ETD is not allowed. You may take notes but may not take the print copy with you. Embargoed ETDs are not available through Interlibrary Loan.

For more information, contact Digital Library Services at digital AT wumail DOT wustl DOT edu.

Understanding access to Washington University dissertations and theses:

Washington University Libraries, like most university libraries, has been the depository for theses and dissertations written by successful degree candidates at the university. In the past, students were required, as at most universities, to provide a bound copy of their work, which would be submitted to the library, where it would be catalogued and placed on the stacks.

Since 2009, degree candidates at Washington University in St. Louis have submitted their theses and dissertations electronically. Dissertations are submitted through ProQuest (an external service) while theses are submitted locally via the library. Bibliographic records are still created for all theses and dissertations.

As universities have transitioned to electronic theses and dissertations, the change in platform—along with other developments in scholarly communications and scholarly advancement—has created new issues in access and exposure. The prior practice of a submitting a bound, print copy of a dissertation to the library where it would be available in the stacks is analogous to the ETD available online only in limited ways. One of the more obvious differences is that the exposure of the latter is greater by orders of magnitude than the former, and it is simply the case that an author would not have anticipated that level of exposure for this kind of work a generation ago. There are a number of reasons why a degree candidate might not want his or her work at that level to receive that level of exposure—or might not want it to receive that exposure immediately after submission.

Many early career scholars in tenure-track positions, especially due to the pressures of the "tenure clock," elect to base a first monograph—typically required for tenure in the humanities—on a dissertation. Because of this, degree candidates have expressed concern that potential publishers of their projected work might be reluctant to publish a work that is widely available in a previous form (as a thesis or dissertation) and have elected to impose embargos on their work. These are for periods of 6 months, 1 or 2 years, as requested, or permanent.

However, an embargo means that access to the work is limited, not that it is inaccessible. It is possible to read embargoed works in an Olin Library reading room, by arrangement with the Digital Library Services staff. Users may call or email to set up reading appointments where a work will be printed for reading on the premises.

Degree candidates may also wish to have their works remain accessible, but not readily discoverable, which can be achieved by restricting the work from indexing by major search engines. A major strength of the Open Scholarship platform is the exposure its works have on the web, and works on that site cannot be restricted from indexing. Degree candidates wanting their works not to be indexed by search engines have them listed instead on the nonindexed etd page .

Options for locating Washington University dissertations and theses:

Search Open Scholarship Search in Dissertations & Theses @ Washington University in St. Louis - More info Perform an Advanced search to locate material by Advisor, Author, Title, Department, etc. This database displays full text (.pdf) of WU dissertations for on-campus users only, 1996-present. Records for WU dissertations and theses can be found in the Washington University Libraries Catalog The search strategies used in the Classic Catalog (below) do not work as well in the Catalog. One possible search strategy: type any combination of words from title, author and/or department in the search box without punctuation and enter; then using REFINE on the right side of the screen, find Washington University (Saint Louis, MO) in the Author/Creator column and click on it. Records for WU dissertations and theses can be found in the Classic Catalog Search by Author - Example: Olson, Paul David Search by Word - Example: phenotype plasticity and manihot or theses and manihot Search by Department - You must perform Title search beginning with the word "Theses" Examples: Theses. Bio , Theses. Engineering , Theses. English , Theses. Political Note: This approach can be useful, but specific dissertations may not be where you expect. This indexing is based on what the author put on the title page, so entries are not always consistent. For example, a dissertation done in the Program in Developmental Biology may be under "Theses. Developmental Biology" or may be under "Theses. Biology and Biomedical Sciences."

Searching and requesting non-WU dissertations:

Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest) - More info The complete range of academic subjects appearing in dissertations accepted at accredited institutions since 1861. Abstracts included from July 1980; abstracts for masters theses beginning Spring 1988. To request via ILLiad , log in to ILLiad, click on Request a Thesis, and fill out the form. Although Dissertations & Theses (Proquest) is the most comprehensive source, some schools do not use this Proquest source. Consider other search tools also. Additional online sources: Worldcat.org or WorldCat on FirstSearch Some databases include information about dissertations in their particular subject areas. The Center for Research Libraries The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NLTD) OAISTER | OAister via Worldcat.org Finding Australian Theses Theses Canada Portal Online Access to full-text of German dissertations EThOS Electronic Theses Online (British Library - UK) Swedish University Essays Many universities have electronic theses searches now, for example: M.I.T. Theses and E-Theses Online , CalTech Thesis , OhioLink ETD Electronic Theses and Dissertations DART-Europe E-theses Portal

WU Libraries Thesis Preparation Guidelines The Dissertation page for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences includes a link to the current Doctoral Dissertation Guide Masters Thesis Guide - WU Arts & Sciences

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Make PhD citations say "dissertation" rather than thesis

At my school, PhD works are generally referred to as dissertations rather than theses.

My bibtex file has this entry:

And it gets rendered as:

Is there any way to make it say "PhD dissertation" rather than "PhD thesis"?

On another note, why is this the default in LaTeX? Would it be unusual or poor form to change it?

Edit: I'm using the plain bibliography style. I could probably use ieeetr as well:

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  • This depends on your bibliography style, not your .bib file. So you need to show the LaTeX code you are using to produce the bibliography for us to help you. –  Alan Munn Commented May 4, 2014 at 2:28
  • @AlanMunn Thanks, see edit. Using plain style. –  jtpereyda Commented May 4, 2014 at 2:37

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The text used in plain.bst is hard coded into the file itself, and so isn't customizable from within your document.

What you can do is make a copy of plain.bst and edit it, and then use the copy as your bibliography style.

On a TeX Live system, plain.bst is located in /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/bibtex/bst/base/plain.bst . Make a copy of this file and call it plain-diss.bst (or some other name). Save this in the same folder as your document, or put it in your local texmf folder in texmf/bibtex/bst/ .

Edit the file and search for "thesis". You will find the following function:

Change "PhD thesis" to "PhD dissertation" and then save the file.

In your document, use \bibliographystyle{plain-diss} instead of {plain} .

The same general solution will also work for the ieeetr.bst .

A biblatex solution

Another way to do this would be to use biblatex , which provides easy customization of these sorts of things. Here's a schematic document that shows how to do this:

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  • Thanks! Worked perfectly. I had to search my system (Cygwin) for the file with find / -name plain.bst . My plain.bst was at /usr/share/texmf-dist/bibtex/bst/base/plain.bst . –  jtpereyda Commented May 15, 2014 at 16:35
  • Somebody at my school also pointed out that my PhD titles were italicized while my master's titles were not. Comparing the entries, I changed format.btitle "title" output.check to format.title "title" output.check to make them not italic. –  jtpereyda Commented May 16, 2014 at 2:09

For a quick fix, you can use the type field, although it makes the file non portable.

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  • this seems perfect, but could you pls elaborate on the "non portable" part? –  davyjones Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 14:09
  • @davyjones If you use the bib file for other purposes, you probably need to remove the type field. –  egreg Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 14:23
  • that's nice. I thought the generated pdf file would be somehow self-contradictorily non-portable. Thanks~ –  davyjones Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 14:29

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The is a LaTeX version of the dissertation and thesis template for The Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis. ( http://graduateschool.wustl.edu/policies-and-guides )

Template version: July 2016

This document contains the guidelines for the proper formatting of dissertations and theses for doctoral and master’s degree-seeking students within the Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis. The document is formatted using the same guidelines it describes. Consequently, by making an extra copy of this document, you can use it as a template in which you can replace the original text with your own while still retaining the general formatting.

It is a good idea to read through this document carefully before you save it as a template and begin. Please remember that all doctoral and master’s students are ultimately responsible for meeting the Graduate School (GS) formatting guidelines. If there is a particular issue that is not found in this template or the Dissertation/Thesis Guide, your committee or discipline should decide how it will be addressed.

Be certain to use your own full name (as recorded in WebSTAC ) where appropriate. Make sure you use the month and year your degree is officially to be earned on the title page, abstract page and, if included, vita page(s).

Once completed, you will need to submit your document as a PDF electronically, as per the Doctoral Dissertation Guide and Master’s Thesis Guide , which also can be found on the Graduate School website.

How to Use this Template

This template is a LaTeX version of The Graduate School's Microsoft Word template. To use, make a copy all of the files (or fork this repository) and start replacing the contents with your dissertation or thesis.

You will need a texlive installation. You will need to use LuaLaTeX or PDFLatex for this template. However, LuaLaTeX is preferred due to its built in support of special characters.

For your bibliography you will need Biber installed. Please note that this template uses Biblatex (not BibTeX). Biblatex is considered a replacement for BibTeX and supports special characters and URLs in citations.

You will also need Latexmk. Latexmk compiles LaTeX documents the correct number of times. Many makefiles for LaTeX documents often compile twice. Sometimes this is unnecessary, other times it is not enough. Latexmk will correctly determine the number of compilations necessary to produce a correct document.

When including figures, please use PDF files whenever possible. If it's not possible, add a rule to the Makefile and latexmkrc files to convert the image to PDF during compilation.

To compile: make

To clean build files, but not the compiled document: make clean

To clean all files, included the compiled document: make distclean

Contributing

Please help keep this template up to date with The Graduate School's Microsoft Word template.

If you would like to submit changes to this template, please fork this repository and submit a pull request.

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