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Theses & Dissertations

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between KiltHub and ProQuest?

KiltHub is a figshare-based open access repository of Carnegie Mellon research managed by the CMU Libraries. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is a commercial database of theses from institutions from around the world. KiltHub provides a platform for free open access of a thesis or dissertation, while ProQuest charges a fee to publish open access (traditional publishing has no charge tor authors.) Authors can collect royalties from closed access publishing in ProQuest. Both platforms allow for embargoes and are crawled by Google Scholar and other search engines.

Do I need to obtain copyright permissions?

If you have used copyrighted material belonging to others in your work, you must credit the author and publisher in all cases. If the use of the material is not clearly Fair Use under US Copyright Law, you must also obtain permission from the author for reuse.

How do I get a physical copy of my dissertation?

If you publish your thesis or dissertation with ProQuest/UMI, you can order bound printed copies through UMIAlternatively, you can upload a digital copy of your manuscript and order bound copies through CMU's Office of Tartan Ink, which is located in the Cohon University Center.