CSUSB ScholarWorks is an open access institutional repository showcasing and preserving the research, scholarship, and publications of California State University, San Bernardino faculty, staff, and students. The repository is a service of the John M. Pfau Library.
Graduate students completing a master's thesis/project or a doctoral dissertation at CSUSB upload their work to CSUSB ScholarWorks as part of the process of finishing their degree. We hope you will you want to make your work Open Access, but if you prefer not to, there are options for restricting access to it.
Submitting your thesis, project, or dissertation to CSUSB ScholarWorks is easy! Think of it as two steps:
IMPORTANT: Make sure you start in the Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations section of ScholarWorks.
DON'T LOOK FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT! Submitting under your department page in ScholarWorks will only cause delays, because you will have to re-submit your thesis in the Electronic Theses section.
Click the "Submit Research" link in the sidebar:
You will be prompted to login. But first, you will need to sign up for a CSUSB ScholarWorks account. TIP: Using your MyCoyote login will NOT work!
Fill out the form that appears. You can use either your CSUSB email account or a personal email account.
When you click the Create Account button, you will get an Account Activation message, telling you to open your confirmation email:
Jump over to your email account and find the confirmation message. TIP: The sender will be firstname.lastname@example.org and the subject will be Confirm Your Account.
Open the message, and click the Confirm Account button, as shown here:
If you kept your browser window open, you should then be on the theses "Submission Agreement" page, which looks like this:
TIP: If for any reason you don't end up on this page, navigate back to Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations and use the Submit Research link again.
At the bottom of the Submission Agreement, mark the box for agreement, then click Continue.
Now you will be on the actual submission form to upload your thesis, project, or dissertation! It's a long form, but just fill out all the requested fields.
You should both create ScholarWorks accounts, so that both of you can receive email notices and download statistics. However, only one of you should submit the actual document. Use the green plus mark under author name to add your coauthor. Search for them by the email address they used to created their ScholarWorks account.
Don't forget to choose the level of access for your document under "Document Type"! Restricted access will be noted as such; open access is the default.
Please consider adding a "Contact Author" button to your published thesis page. We sometimes get requests from outside researchers who want permission to reuse part of a thesis, or have questions about the research, but we cannot help, because we have no way to contact the student who wrote the thesis. Use an email address that you will still have after you graduate--so, not your CSUSB email account.
At the bottom of the form, you will choose your file to upload, then click the Submit button:
You should then get a confirmation email from ScholarWorks that your submission has been successful.
No confirmation? Get in touch with Shelby Reader in the CSUSB Office of Graduate Studies.
TIP: You do not need to convert your document to a PDF; ScholarWorks will do that automatically.
TIP: Most students will have all of their thesis/project content in the text document. But if you have additional files that are an integral part of your thesis/project (such images, spreadsheets, databases), you can submit these using the "additional files" option. ScholarWorks accepts most common file types.
Make the revisions to your original word processing document and save it.
Log back into ScholarWorks, and choose the Revise submission option:
You will revise your submitted thesis by uploading the file you just corrected and saved.