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Theses, Dissertations, and Creative Components: Rights and Responsibilities

Important things for students to know when completing their thesis, dissertation, or creative component.

Your Work

Iowa State University Library is a resource for you at every stage of your project—from research to access after completion.

In this guide, you will find resources to help you complete your thesis, dissertation, or creative component and answer common questions like, "What happens when I share my thesis in the Digital Repository?" and "How does copyright affect the graphs and figures I include in my work?"

You can use the tabs in the left menu to navigate through the pages on this guide.

Getting Help

For more information on theses, dissertations, and creative components, refer to the following potential contacts:

  • Your thesis adviser. 
  • The ISU Digital Repository can answer questions about your thesis or dissertation, the DR, and what it means to share your work openly or place it under an embargo. 
  • University Counsel can answer questions regarding university policies on copyright and provide tips on best practices. 
  • The Grad College can help you navigate the thesis and dissertation writing process and answer general questions. Please refer to the Theses & Dissertations at ISU website for more information:
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