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Dissertations: How to Upload your Dissertation to ProQuest: Congratulations!


Congratulations! You have finished your dissertation and are ready to upload it to the Regis College page of ProQuest Dissertations. It is an exciting time and one that should fill you with pride in your accomplishment.

The ETD Administrator link provided below will get you started. Or click on the Video Tutorials link to watch the ProQuest Tutorial suite for information on uploading your dissertation. The basic steps are listed below and the videos are helpful too.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


How to Upload Your Dissertation

Step One:

Sign up and create a new student account. Remember to write down your username and password so you can revisit your work. After creating your account, check your email to confirm your credentials.

Step Two:

Gather the list of items below to have on hand:

  • A PDF copy of your dissertation/thesis. This must be a single file. If your manuscript is in Word or RTF format, we can convert it into a PDF.
  • Abstract
  • Optional Supplementary files (images, data, etc.) that are an integral part of the dissertation/thesis, but not part of the full text.
  • Advisor and other Committee Member's Names
  • Subject Categories - 1-3 that best describe your dissertation/thesis subject area. Use this link to find the best ProQuest accepted Subject heading for your work:

You will be entering information about your dissertation/thesis, uploading a copy of your work, and ordering printed copies (if desired). Your submissions will be reviewed by staff at your school before they deliver it to ProQuest.

Note: If you need to finish your submission later (for instance, if you need to update your PDF file before uploading it), you can save your information and come back later to finish. No information will be lost.

(Above information contained in Step Two taken from the ProQuest ETD website)

Step Three:

Log back into the link above and sign in to start the process of uploading your dissertation.

Step Four:

Follow the instructions on the ProQuest website for uploading your dissertation.

Step Five:

Let your Department Chair and myself ( know that your dissertation is now ready for review.

Copyright and your Dissertation or Thesis

Mark Twain writes, "Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet." Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903.

Do not despair, this guide will help. 

When considering copyright in relation to your dissertation or thesis the two most important issues are how to avoid infringement on someone else's copyright and protecting your own copyright. 

Check out and download a free copy of the pamphlet Copyright Law & Graduate Research: New Media, New Rights, and Your New Dissertation by Dr. Kenneth D. Crews at this link: 

Another helpful link from ProQuest UMI is:

Remember it is your responsibility to get copyright permission when necessary. 


Director of the Library

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Jane Peck
Regis College
235 Wellelsey Street
Weston, MA 02493

What is ProQuest Dissertation Database?

Check out this ProQuest Research Guide for more information about ProQuest Dissertations: