Beginning in academic year 2021-2022 the library will make student honors theses available online in the Lafayette Digital Repository (LDR). Students may submit their completed thesis to the LDR with the approval of their advisor. The library will no longer accept paper copies of theses.
Before you submit your thesis to the LDR, please read the following information carefully. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student and their advisor should confer as to the level of access to be provided for the thesis and indicate the access option on the approval form. The access option for the thesis is determined by the student and their advisor, not the library.
Access options include:
In addition to the access options, students and their advisors have the option of selecting an embargo period after which the access option can be changed to a more open option. For example, a thesis might be set at Lafayette-only or administrative access only initially, but switch to worldwide open access after a certain number of years determined by the student and advisor. There are many reasons why an embargo might be desirable; for example, if the thesis contains sensitive research involving human subjects, or information that the student or faculty member hopes to publish in another format at a later date.
The access and embargo options allow some theses to be inaccessible if they contain any information that the advisor believes should not be publicly available. Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best option for their thesis.