Even after your work has been sent to ProQuest, you are the copyright holder.
In addition to depositing your work in the ISU Digital Repository, a copy of your thesis will also be added to ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses database. Unlike, the DR, ProQuest's database is paid for by subscription and will be accessible only to those with log in information. If you have questions about copyright related to ProQuest, please see Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis [pdf]. Still have questions? Contact the Graduate College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of your thesis or dissertation will also be kept at The Iowa State University Digital Repository. Unlike ProQuest, the DR is open access, allowing your work to reach a wider audience.
Looking to submit additional research to the DR? Additional graduate research is accepted in the repository. For more information, see Building Your Online Research Presence or contact the Digital Repository as listed above.
Even though copyright privileges are immediate upon creating your work, you may also choose to register your copyright. The Graduate College suggests this option if you plan on using your work to:
For more information on registering your copyright, contact the Graduate College, as listed above.