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WINTER 2013

The University Library wants your thesis

BY KIM LEGOCKI

PC Magazine reports that 694,445 Google searches are made each minute, and Cal State East Bay Librarian Linda Dobb wants research done by alumni to be included in those returned results.

In pursuit of this goal, the University Library has begun a pilot program collecting and scanning hard copies of master’s theses authored by CSUEB graduate students into Cal State East Bay ScholarWorks. Content on ScholarWorks, a non-commercial, open access, online archive that is search engine optimized — meaning search engines can efficiently find the information — is permanently preserved and easily viewed online by scholars and others worldwide.

“It is exciting to contemplate that an alum’s hard work can be used by so many, whether they are interested in music, the Hayward Fault, the educational aspirations of Vietnamese American students or any one of over 3,700 topics,” Dobb says. 

To be included in ScholarWorks, authors should submit a non-exclusive distribution license — available at http://library.csueastbay.edu/uploads/csueb-thesis-license.pdf — permitting the Library to reproduce their thesis in an electronic format and provide one copy of their thesis, preferably in digital format.  

A few theses have been uploaded into the system for authors to review; select the “Communities and Collections” category at http://csueastbay-dspace.calstate.edu/.

Questions? Contact the Library Office at repository@csueastbay.edu or call 510.885.3664.

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