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The Library receives a copy of all files submitted to the Graduate School and creates an entry in the Library Catalog for each thesis and dissertation. Pursuant to the Graduate School's policy that theses are public documents, all theses are freely available through Georgetown's Institutional Repository, unless an author requests and is granted an embargo.
What choices do I have when I submit my dissertation?
As the author of the work, you will continue to own copyright in your work and grant non-exclusive licenses to ProQuest and Georgetown University. Read more about your copyright rights and responsibilities and how to register your copyright if you choose to do so. You will also have several choices to make about how widely available your dissertation will be: