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Gender/ Feminist/ Sexuality/ Women's/ Queer Studies

What Is Scholarship@Claremont?

Scholarship@Claremont is the Claremont Colleges' open access repository of faculty and student scholarship. Seniors at CMC and Scripps are required to upload their theses to Scholarship@Claremont. At the other colleges, upload requirements are either optional, or on a department-by-department basis.

Please note that once a thesis has been submitted, it will not be removed unless there are charges of plagiarism or copyright violation.

Some benefits of uploading your thesis to S@C:

  • Discoverable through Google and other search engines.
  • Students will have a permanent URL to their work that they can access any time (if you choose the Open Access option--default for Scripps is campus-only access), email, link to, post, on resumes, job applications, websites, send to family and friends, etc.
  • Students will receive a download count report that will tell them how often their thesis has been viewed.
  • Increases the visibility of student work, potentially leading to improved job prospects or graduate school placement for students.

Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies Senior Theses on S@C

BEGINNING: What you need to think about as you research

Do you hold the copyright to all the content (e.g. images, graphs, interviews, music composition, etc.) included in your thesis?

  • No? Do a Fair Use analysis or get permission to post online for any content that you didn't create.
  • Yes? Great! Carry on!

 Should content in your thesis be private (e.g.: interviewee's identifying information, proprietary research, etc.)?

  • Yes? Discuss with your advisor about anonymizing, redacting information or getting an exemption.
  • No? Great! Carry on!

COMPLETION: Uploading Your Complete Thesis to S@C

1. Make sure you have an abstract, 3-4 keywords, your faculty advisors' proper names, any supplemental files, and your thesis. Make sure you have the clean copy in PDF.

2. You should have done a Fair Use analysis or have permission to use any graphs, tables, images, or other content that is not your own (see the box above).

3. Choose to keep access as Campus Only (default) or allow Open Access.
NB: If you choose Campus Only, you will not be able to access your Thesis once you have graduated.

4. Choose a Creative Commons license.

5. If necessary, choose an embargo, or an exemption and have the form signed by your advisor.

6. Upload, then celebrate! Congratulations!

Please note that once a thesis has been submitted, it will not be removed unless there are charges of plagiarism or copyright violation. You can always change access from Claremont Campus Only to Open Access, but once you cannot restrict access once it is open.


What are Copyright and Fair Use?

Copyright protects the rights of a creator to make copies of his/her own work. Facts, ideas, U.S. government works, and any work created before 1923 are considered public domain and are not protected by copyright. Copyright protection falls under Title 17, U.S. Code and covers "original works of authorship." If you do not own the copyright for a work, you must get permission from the owner before reproducing/sharing their work.

Fair Use
Fair Use (17 U.S.C. §107 ) makes certain uses of a copyrighted work without the owner's permission legal. Fair Use is the reason why we can quote from a book when we are making an argument in a paper, or why a professor can show a reproduction of an artwork in a class lecture. The law around Fair Use is purposely vague, so you must analyze each use against the Four Fair Use Factors, to determine if it is legal and fair use or not.


Fair Use Four Factors

The four factors to consider when determining if your use is fair use are:

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
the nature of the copyrighted work;
the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.