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:
Do you hold the copyright to all the content (e.g. images, graphs, interviews, music composition, etc.) included in your thesis?
Should content in your thesis be private (e.g.: interviewee's identifying information, proprietary research, etc.)?
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.
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 (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.
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;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The Visual Resources Association (VRA) and the College Art Association (CAA) have both issued statements on the fair use of images. Each argues that the use of images in theses--when essential to the argument of the thesis--counts as fair use, but each states that as a good faith gesture, those images should have full attribution describing the artwork (title, artist, medium, size, date, owner, etc.) and stating the copyright owner.