Answered By: Ben Murphy
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2022     Views: 19

Digital (PDF/A) Version

Each student must deposit with the library a copy of the thesis in digital form. 

The digital copy must be a pdf/a file. Create one by following the pdf/a instruction sheet while using Adobe Acrobat XI on either of the two computers closest to the Penrose Circulation Desk. Librarians will be available the week of Reading Day (May 9-11) for help with formatting, or make an appointment with us for help before then.

When you’ve completed all the formatting guidelines, you’re ready to fill out the digital thesis submission form.

Note: If your PDF file size is greater than 1GB, instead of uploading your PDF/A file, bring the file on a flash drive to Kathleen Hutchison in Room 213. A digital thesis submission form is still required.

Copyright: If you are the author of all the text, image, audio, and/or video files contained in your honors thesis, you hold copyrights and can grant full permission to post a digital copy online. If portions of your materials have been produced by others, these portions must be in the public domain or fall within the parameters of fair use. If the material does not fall within either of those categories, authors must receive permission from the copyright owner to include that material in their digital thesis. If you are unable to get permissions, consider restricting access to Whitman-affiliates only. For more information, see the library’s tutorial on copyright at Whitman or contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director, at corkrum@whitman.edu.

Permissions: The author of the thesis must complete a non-exclusive distribution license and select a level of access, subject to thesis advisor’s approval:

1. Worldwide distribution via the Internet, or

2. Local distribution only to authorized users of Whitman’s network

If the thesis is co-authored, all authors, even those not earning honors designation, must sign the non-exclusive distribution license. All thesis co-authors and thesis advisor(s) should sign the same form. Submit the non-exclusive distribution license to the Library by the Reading Day due date.