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Go to Final Submission of Your Thesis/Dissertation for checklists, deadlines, forms and instructions.

Thesis/Dissertation Information Sessions

Upcoming Session:

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You may view the most recent presentation in the video below.

Writing and Publishing: Thesis/Dissertation

Writing a thesis or dissertation can be challenging, and working with your advisor and committee to select a good and workable topic, planning and conducting your research, and doing the writing will be your top priorities. However, paying attention to some additional and probably unfamiliar topics now or in the early stages of your planning is also important.

For example, your electronic thesis/dissertation (ETD) will be published by ProQuest/UMI and by the UW Libraries, and as a student, researcher and future author you should develop an understanding of copyright, publishing and open access. When you submit your ETD for review and publication, you will be required to read and accept two separate publishing agreements and then be prompted to decide whether to publish your work right away or to delay its release. Basic information and links to additional resources on these topics are available at:

Depending on your area of research, you may also need to understand issues related to the use of human subjects or to protecting parts of your research for which you, your advisor or department might seek a patent or other intellectual property protection. For help with these issues, consult:


Plagiarism is defined as the use of the words, ideas, diagrams, etc., of publicly available work without appropriately acknowledging the sources of these materials. This definition constitutes plagiarism whether it is intentional or unintentional and whether it is the work of another or your own, previously published work.

Plagiarism is a very serious offense that the University of Washington does not tolerate. Evidence of plagiarism may prevent granting of your degree.