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Graduate Student Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) & Research Project Guide

What is Sophia

Sophia is the digital institutional repository for St. Catherine University. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and provide permanent access to the scholarly, professional, and creative work produced by St. Catherine University faculty, students, and staff. Sophia is administered by the St. Catherine University Library and Archives, in collaboration with academic departments and programs. 

Sophia is an open access repository, meaning that deposited material is freely available across the world, and that the work is searchable through the library's discovery tool/catalog, CLICsearch.

Final graduate theses, action research projects, and doctoral research projects that have been submitted and approved by departments will be made available online through Sophia.

In this guide you will find:

  • The step-by-step process for submitting your work for deposit in Sophia.
  • The implications of depositing your work in Sophia, including:
    • Your rights as the author of the work you created
    • The benefits of disseminating your work through Sophia
    • Delaying publication through an embargo, if desired.
  • Information about publishing your work.

Why Put Graduate Work Online?

Why is the library archiving and disseminating electronic theses and dissertations?

The library has always stored and disseminated graduate research projects completed at St. Catherine University. Now that graduate research is produced electronically, it has become more important that the library provide options for access.

What did the library previously do with theses and dissertations?

Before electronic publication of graduate work, the library retained and cataloged one bound copy of each project completed at St. Catherine University. These print copies were made freely available to the public and also freely available to those outside St. Catherine University who requested a copy through Interlibrary loan. The library still continues to catalog electronic theses and dissertations, and uses Sophia to make them available to users.

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