An "ETD" is the electronic version of a thesis, project, or dissertation. Instead of being printed and bound, the file is converted to a Portable Document File (PDF) and submitted to the library. The library preserves and archives the PDF, and makes it available online through , our Institutional Repository. The student's original research is produced, submitted, and accessed in electronic format. The components and structure of the document are basically the same as a paper thesis or dissertation. For example, it has figures, tables, footnotes, and references.
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Students should consult with their committee chair and members of their advisory committee to determine the textual arrangement and reference format of the dissertation or thesis. Each discipline is different, and has different expectations for style. If you need assistance with citation styles, please contact the Research Help Desk or a librarian.
Group projects should only be submitted once. It may be easiest to designate someone to submit the project on behalf of the entire group. Each student is still responsible for completing the ETD certification form, and for paying the fee! Each student MUST drop off their form and receipt to the library by the deadline in order for the project to be submitted. Group projects will not be reviewed until ALL members of the group have completed their paperwork.
After a successful defense and committee approval, and the $25 fee has been paid at the cashier's office, you are ready to submit your ETD. Please follow the instructions on this guide under the . For students completing the CSUSM/UCSD Joint Ed.D. Program, please click on the CSUSM/UCSD Joint Ed.D Requirements tab.
When working on your thesis, project, or dissertation, PLEASE NOTE that it must be made accessible. What does "accessible" mean? It means that the file will be accessible to screen readers and other assistive computer technologies. This means MORE people can possibly access and reference your paper online. If you still have any questions PLEASE watch this short . *For assistance, email and let Amy Dyess know what you have tried and where you are stuck. Amy provides ADA formatting assistance Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM by email, virtual meetings, and in-person.
2) Download the Certification Form and obtain signatures from your Thesis/Project Committee Chair and your Department Graduate Program Coordinator.
At CSUSM, every Master's degree program is required to include a culminating experience. The form of this experience differs according to degree programs, but all Master's students must satisfactorily complete either a thesis, a project or a comprehensive examination. A finished Master's thesis is a scholarly work that is the product of extensive research and related preparation.
ETDs may be submitted any time AFTER a successful defense and the ETD fee has been paid to the cashier's office. ETD submission MUST be completed before the last day of classes. The deadline for Spring 2018 is May 10th at noon, Summer 2018 is August 9th at noon, and Fall 2018 is December 6th at noon. If you require an extension, your committee chair will need to request the extension from .
The goal is the shortest possible paper that contains all information necessary to describe the work and support the interpretation.
Avoid unnecessary repetition and irrelevant tangents.
Necessary repetition: the main theme should be developed in the introduction as a motivation or working hypothesis.
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If you and your committee agree to place a restriction on your thesis, project, or dissertation for patent or security reasons, you must indicate on the e-thesis/project certification form. An embargo means that your work will not be viewable by anyone without a CSUSM user name and password for the given period. After the restriction expires, the Library will make your work publicly available for anyone to see. An embargo must be authorized by your faculty advisor, and indicated on your certification form. Your advisor may ask you to submit a modified version of your abstract to ScholarWorks for embargoed items. Please let Carmen Mitchell know if you have any questions.
if a gatekeeper is giving you a list of contacts). If your research involves data that comes under the remit of the Data Protection Act - and most research does - then it is a good idea to check with the Data Protection Officer in your organisation, to see if there are any standard protocols you should be following.Computer files including anonymised still need to be held securely, and can only be shared according to the terms of your consent from participants. Thus - for example - you need to get prior consent from participants if you plan to archive data for use by other researchers. Anonymising data is more complicated than simply assigning an ID number or pseudonym - see our section on .To ensure that anonymised or personal data are only accessible to those that have been agreed (such as your immediate team) you may need help to set up additional security systems. Consider the following example:A research team is conducting a mixed methods study, collecting quantitative and qualitative data from elderly participants in residential care.