CUNY Academic Works is an online repository of research, scholarship, and creative work created by the CUNY community. All content in CUNY Academic Works is freely available to everyone, and if anyone searches for your topic in a search engine like Google Scholar, there’s a good chance your thesis will come up! You will also be able to easily link to your thesis on your CV, your website, or your social media feed.
Inclusion in Academic Works is voluntary. It is not a requirement for graduation.
If you do choose to post your thesis or capstone in Academic Works, a wider audience will be able to access your work, including colleagues, students, and potential collaborators.
Works posted in Academic Works will be made publicly available on the internet. Anyone can see them.
When you upload your work, you can set an embargo to delay the date when your work is made available. This may be helpful, for instance, if you are publishing part of your thesis elsewhere.
Inclusion in CUNY Academic Works does not preclude the publication of that work elsewhere.
However, some publishers have policies against publishing work that is already publicly available (for instance, in a repository like Academic Works). Please check with your advisor if you think this may be an issue.
Once a work is posted to Academic Works, it cannot be changed or removed, so please check with your advisor to see if there are any issues with sharing your work publicly.
Please consider participant privacy as part of your research process. I am unable to assess whether submitted work adheres to best practices for protecting the privacy of participants. If you need help, please talk to your advisor, or consult:
Please see the Copyright section of this guide, below.
While the QC collection of electronic theses is currently very tiny, you can read theses from across CUNY in Academic Works. Note that some may still be embargoed and will become available when their embargoes expire.
That’s it! You should receive an email confirmation that your submission was received.
If you have questions at any point in the process, please email me!
For scholars in the humanities, including art history, literature, and similar disciplines, it is often essential to include examples of the work you are analyzing in your own work. This may raise copyright concerns if you are making your work public (including in Academic Works).
Note, however, that many such uses are permissible under fair use.
For detailed information on copyright, please see:
Fair use is an essential part of US copyright law. It allows the reuse of copyrighted materials under certain conditions. Fair use exists to enable commentary, criticism, scholarship, and reporting, without requiring the permission of the creators. Thus, the types of work you are doing are often allowed under fair use.
However, you need to do the analysis to ensure that your use is fair. The four factors in a fair use analysis are:
You can find more information on fair use at:
I strongly recommend considering the standards in your field when making a fair use determination.
If you do not believe that your use falls under fair use, you will need to seek permissions. You can find more information about seeking permissions here:
This guide draws significantly from Roxanne Shirazi's guide to copyright for dissertations and theses. Thanks to Roxanne for her help.