Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Graduation Requirement: Online Thesis Submission‏

The AUC Digital Archive and Research Repository (AUC DAR) is a home-developed  and customized product which resulted from a tremendous collaborative effort carried over the last year by various university units (Libraries and Learning Technologies, Rare Books and Special Collections Library, University Academic Computing Technologies, Office of the Registrar, and the Office of the Vice Provost and Director of Graduate Studies and Research). AUC DAR is part of a greater campus effort to increase the visibility of AUC’s research and scholarly accomplishments. The AUC DAR Repository, as an Open Access institutional repository, will help improve overall scholarly communication efforts.

Through DAR, for example, faculty and graduate students can deposit electronic versions of their theses and/or research work making it readily accessible to the world-wide community through various search engines.

Accordingly, and in an effort to streamline the thesis submission process, starting with the Spring 2010 semester, in addition to submitting a hard copy of your thesis to your department, you are asked to upload an electronic version of your thesis directly to the AUC Digital Archive and Research Repository (AUC DAR)The E-Submission deadline is June 1.

Electronic submission and online dissemination of theses is quickly becoming standard practice at many leading U.S. and international universities.  By submitting your thesis to DAR, your work can be made available to an online audience, including potential employers and publishers, opening avenues for professional networking and collaboration.  Your document will be assigned a stable permanent URL to which you can link from your website, blog, or network sites.  Note that, if you find it necessary, you will have the option to restrict access to your thesis.

E-Submission is a 3-step process:  (View or Print detailed E-Submission instructions)
  1. Register NOW! for a MyDAR Account (allowing up to 24 hours for account configuration).
  2. Convert your thesis to PDF format (to allow preservation).
  3. Upload your document to the AUC DAR Repository.
All UACT Computer Labs and Library Learning Commons workstations are equipped with the necessary software and technical support.  Detailed instructions will also be posted at those locations.

The deadline for E-Submission for Spring 2010 is June 1This process is required for graduation. 

For assistance at any point of the E-Submission process, please free to contact:

AUC DAR Administrators:  dar@aucegypt.edu
Terra Kridler:
tkridler@aucgypt.edu or 2615-3656
Asmaa Ayman:  aayman@aucegypt.edu, 2615-3401
Steve Urgola:  surgola@aucegypt.edu or 2615-3678
Maha Elkoshairi: 
kosh@aucegypt.edu or 2615-3743
RBSCL Reference and Reserve Desk:  2615-3676 (Sat.-Thurs. 8:30am-4:45pm)

Thank you very much for your participation.