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Doctoral Programs: Publishing a Dissertation


Several documents may be useful once you are in the last phase of your dissertation. A link to the Lawrence Tech Brochure is below. Proquest also has many tips on their website.


Uploading to Proquest Questions:

Should I allow Search Engine Access? Yes, this refers to indexing of your dissertation and you want the broadest exposure to your work.  If you have chosen the Traditional Publishing model, researchers will find the citation and abstract but will not have immediate access to the full-text of the dissertation.

Steps to Publishing Your Dissertation

(If you are completing a master's thesis, please see information in the General Library Guide.)

Once you have successfully completed your defense and your work has been accepted by your Dissertation Committee members, your dissertation is ready to be bound and uploaded to Proquest Information and Learning (PQIL).  Proquest is the primary repository for dissertations in the United States.  Lawrence Tech, as well thousands of universities world-wide, requires that you deposit a copy of your work for discovery by other researchers.  Proquest indexes your dissertation so that it will be discoverable by other researchers.  The formal copyright request (fee) will also be filed through Proquest. You may chose from two models:
  1. Traditional Model - no fee -  Proquest makes the dissertation available for sale (you receive royalties for any sale).
  2. Open-Access Model - author fee - to offset lost revenue to Proquest. In this model, the complete dissertation is available in the Proquest database.

More information about the models is available within your Proquest account.

Every doctoral student will need to set up an account at LTU's Proquest Dissertation site (link below). However, the library recommends not submitting the dissertation PDF etc. until after making an appointment to drop off copies of the dissertations for binding.  The library representative will provide more detailed instructions at that time.

Remember, Lawrence Tech Library will handle the copyright registration of your work on your behalf through Proquest. It is the student's responsibility to upload the dissertation PDF to Proquest.

If there are any questions about the binding or uploading of your dissertation, contact the library at 248-204-3000 or email the reference desk at


If you have questions regarding paper quality, binding, library requirements, etc., please contact the library prior to printing your copies. Once the copies are printed you may make an appointment to bring them in by calling 248.204.3000 or emailing To ensure binding in a particular month, please deliver the printed copies to the library the Friday BEFORE the scheduled pick-up date. The turn-around time for binding is 4 weeks.


Bindery pick-up dates for 2018 (usually Wednesday)
  • January 24
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 13
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • December 12
  • January 23, 2019
Need help? Contact the library at 248.204.3000 or email