Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)

Dissertations and theses at Washington University in St. Louis are deposited in Open Scholarship, the digital repository managed and maintained by the University Libraries.

Submission & Access Options
The two selections that generate the most questions are Embargoes and Third-Party Search (available for dissertations).

  • Third-party Indexing

One of the options offered by ProQuest is to restrict the work from indexing by search engines. Because it is not possible to restrict Open Scholarship from indexing by search engines, when an ETD author has selected “No” for this option, a 100-year year embargo has been applied. This means that a record of your work can be found via search engines and in Open Scholarship, but the full text is not available electronically.

  • Setting an Embargo

An embargo is the period of time your thesis will be unavailable online. Only your citation and abstract will appear in Open Scholarship. Access to your ETD will be allowed to users who make arrangements to view a print copy in a controlled environment—no interlibrary loan (ILL), photocopying, scanning, etc., is allowed.

An embargo may be extended or cancelled at any time by contacting Scholarly Publishing [digital at wumail dot wustl dot edu]. More information is available at What Happens to Your ETD.

Doctoral candidates submit their work directly to ProQuest through an online form. After files for a given degree award period have been submitted to ProQuest and put online in their site, those files are then forwarded to Washington University, where the dissertations are ingested in the Open Scholarship repository. Visit the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for dissertation information.

Theses for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Graduate School of Art are submitted directly to Open Scholarship. Read the Thesis Submission Form instructions for each school for the specific instructions on how to complete the relevant form and submit your thesis.