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Thesis and Research

The following links will provide more information about your master's thesis and related research.

Please refer to the Thesis Manual for general information and guidance on pursuing the research, production and writing of a master's thesis. Master's Thesis Manual
If your thesis involves researching human subjects please refer to these guidelines. Guidelines For Human Subjects Research
If your thesis involves researching animal subjects please refer to these guidelines. Guidelines for Animal Subjects Research

Preserving, reproducing, and distributing thesis research is an important part of Booth Library’s responsibility to provide access to scholarship. In order to further this goal, Booth Library makes all graduate theses completed as part of a degree program at Eastern Illinois University available for personal study, research, and other not-for-profit educational purposes. Under 17 U.S.C. § 108, the library may reproduce and distribute a copy without infringing on copyright; however, professional courtesy dictates that permission be requested from the author before doing so.  Please print two of the form, sign, secure your adviser's signature and submit with your thesis to the library.

Thesis Maintenance and Reproduction Certificate

In some cases, the master’s thesis might result in marketable intellectual property or may be part of a larger funded or unfunded project leading to publications including articles, books, or related scholarly work. In these cases, the candidate or the director may require that the work be temporarily withheld from open access until these processes are initiated. In order to have the graduate degree certified to the transcript, the approved thesis must be deposited with Booth Library. Candidates or their thesis directors must provide evidence by completing the Thesis Withholding Request Form that the thesis must be withheld to protect a contractual obligation such as a grant or sponsored research, that the work is under consideration for publication, or that the work includes a potentially patentable invention. Please print two of the form, sign, secure your adviser's signature and submit with your thesis to the library.

Thesis Withholding Request Form

Please secure your thesis committee's signatures and submit this cover sheet with your printed thesis to the library. Please type in all fields with the exception of the signature fields before printing, if your browser does not support pdf forms, try opening the document with Acrobat Reader or Professional to activate the form fields. Refer to the manual for printing specifications. Please note that Booth Library requires one printed copy.

Thesis Title Page with Committee Signatures

Print out this Processing Request Form and take with you to EIU's Cashier's Office located at the southeast corner of Old Main. The fee for processing is $25. The cashier's office will provide a receipt for you to present to Booth Library. The Library requires a minimum of one printed copy. If you want additional bound copies for yourself, you may order those from:

Processing Request Form

Upon deposit of your thesis to Booth Library the librarian will submit an online notice to the Graduate School notifying the certification officer who will record the completion of your thesis for your degree requirements. You will receive a confirmation email from the certification officer.


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