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Style Guide: Graduate Thesis, Capstone Project, and Dissertation

The style guide for Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations at Dominican University of California

Dominican Scholar

The Library utilizes a web platform called Dominican Scholar to collect and manage electronic theses.  Once the student has uploaded their thesis to Dominican Scholar, the Library will review the submission for formatting and copyright and then post it online in Dominican Scholar.  

All students required by their department to submit a thesis or capstone project to the Library must do so electronically; paper copies will not be accepted. The copy submitted to the copy must be the same as the thesis submitted to and accepted by the department.

Submitting Your Thesis

To deposit your manuscript you’ll first need to create an account with Dominican Scholar. If you created an account to present at the University’s Scholarly and Creative Works conference, use the same account for your thesis.  

Note: If you use you personal email when setting up an account you'll receive a monthly email letting you know how many times your documents have been downloaded.  You can always update your email address later.
  1. Go to Dominican Scholar
  2. Choose the My Account tab near the top of the screen
  3. At the login page choose Don’t have an account? Sign up
  4. Fill out the form
  5. Check your email for a confirmation message

dominican scholar home page click on my account

dominican scholar sign up for an account

Once you have your account set up follow the steps to deposit your manuscript

  1. Go to Dominican Scholar and choose the Deposit Your Research link in the left-side menu
  2. Choose the appropriate submission link for your graduate program
  3. Login with the username and password that you created earlier
  4. Read and accept the Terms of Agreement and Fill out the subsequent form and upload your manuscript

After you deposit your manuscript, the Library will ensure that all the information has been entered correctly and that the manuscript has been formatted according to the guidelines.  If everything is correct your manuscript will receive a DOI and then be posted.  

If errors are found within the manuscript itself the Library will notify you of corrections that need to be made.  You'll be able to resubmit the updated version of your manuscript with no penalty.

Once your manuscript has been received the any requested corrections have been verified the Library will notify your manuscript advisor.

You should receive an email notifying you that your manuscript is available with a URL linking to your manuscript. Depending on when you submit your manuscript and the number of theses received this process could take several days.