Submitting a Thesis
Once you have defended your thesis, your work will proudly appear in the Bucknell Digital Commons. Bertrand Library's copy of the thesis is submitted electronically in PDF format via a link in myBucknell. Students are no longer required to submit a bound copy.
Students or departments who wish to have a bound copy of a thesis should see the L&IT Graduate and Honors Thesis Guidelines for assistance.
The final copy of your work must be approved by your adviser, co-adviser or second reader and department or program chair. In order to show that they have approved your honor thesis, you will need to attain their signatures on your title page. You should scan this signed title page and then use Adobe Acrobat (not Adobe Reader) to merge your signed title page and the honors thesis document into a final submission-ready PDF. This complete digital copy of your thesis is due by the last day of exams in the semester in which you had your thesis defense. Honors will not be awarded at graduation if your thesis has not been submitted.
You have the option of making your work available to the general public or requiring a Bucknell log-in for access; please discuss these options with your adviser. (For example, if your thesis contains proprietary information or you plan to publish your work, you may wish to restrict access). A copy of your honors thesis must reside on Bucknell Digital Commons and with your adviser(s). The student is responsible for uploading their thesis to the Digital Commons.
You will need to create an account on Digital Commons and then upload your Honor Thesis to Digital Commons.
Enter data in the following fields:
- Title: Use headline capitalization. The title field supports the Unicode standard and HTML. The title should be entered exactly as it appears in the manuscript of your honors thesis.
- Author: Author information is pre-populated with email, name and affiliated institution. Select the green button to add additional authors.
- Date of submission: Select the semester of your defense, fall or spring semester, and the calendar year associated with your defense.
- Thesis type: Select either open access (honors thesis) or restricted access (honors thesis Bucknell access only).
- Degree Type
- Department: This should be your major where this thesis was approved for honors. Do not select a second major.
- Adviser Names: Check with your adviser(s) for their preferred appearance of their name (typically full first name, then initials, then full last name and suffix preferred).
- Keywords or phrases: Enter up to six, separated by commas. Check with your adviser(s) for their thoughts on these keywords.
- Subject categories: Select up to three.
- Abstract: Copy and paste your abstract into the rich text editor.
- Comments: This field may be used to link to an external related resource (related video, website, digital collection, etc.)
- Full text: Upload the digital file and any supplemental files (datasets, video files, audio files, image files, etc.)
Once your submission is complete, your honors thesis adviser will receive and email and will need to complete the submission by approving your submission as the final thesis.
If you have any questions on the submission process, please contact:
Tammy Troup, Cataloging & Metadata Coordinator