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Uploading Dissertations

a brief how-to guide demonstrating how to upload dissertations to CU Commons and ProQuest ETD Administrator

Text Instructions

These instructions work best for students who prefer text or use screen readers. Click here to go down to the same set of instructions that use screenshots.

To begin, go to CU Commons: http://commons.cu-portland.edu/

Once on the CU Commons site, follow these steps.

  • Click on the My Account link in the top menu.
  • Click on the Sign up link below the Login box.
  • Complete the form to create a user ID (email address) and password, as well as to set up your name.
    1. Fill in the fields for email address, first name, and last name
    2. Choose a password and re-enter the password
    3. Click the Create Account button when finished
  • An Account Activation message will appear that says "An email with an account activation link has been sent to the address you have provided."

Account Confirmation.

  • You should receive an account activation email from noreply@bepress.com
  • The subject of the email should be Confirm Your Account
  • Click on the Confirm Account link and then log in with your email address and password.

Once you log in, you'll be on your main account page.

  • Click on the Edit Profile link.
  • Affiliate your account with Concordia by going to the Institutional Affiliation section
  • Start typing Concordia University. Select Concordia University - Portland from the list of Concordias.
  • Click the Update button to save changes

Submit your dissertation.

  • Click on the Submit Research link from the Author Information section in the left-side menu.
  • Then, click on the Ed.D. Dissertations link, which is located under Graduate Research.

You should now be on the page to provide information about your dissertation and upload it. Please follow these instructions.

  1. Enter the title of your dissertation using Headline Capitalization.
  2. Click on the icon with the pencil to confirm your contact information (name, email, etc.) is correct.
  3. Select the Month and enter the Year for when you defended your dissertation. Leave the Season and Day blank.
  4. Select the Document Type.
    • Open Access Dissertation = access worldwide
    • Campus Access Dissertation = Concordia University access only
  5. Select College of Education for the College
  6. Select Education for the Department
  7. Select Doctorate of Education, Ed.D. for the Degree Name
  8. Enter the names of your Faculty Chair, Content Specialist, and Content Reader, using the list of advisor names from this Uploading Dissertations guide
  9. Enter up to six (6) keywords that describe the topic of your dissertation 
  10. Confirm that Education is provided as the Subject Category
    • If Education isn't provided as the Subject Category, select Education from the Available list and then click the Select button
  11. Copy and paste your abstract into the Abstract box. Use the available tools to edit the appearance, if needed
  12. Leave the Comments box empty
  13. Choose to Upload file from your computer
  14. Click the Browse button to locate the file on your computer
  15. If you have supplementary files, you may upload them separately using the Additional Files option 
  16. Click on the Submit button when finished

You should receive a confirmation message that your dissertation has been successfully uploaded. The College of Education will review the upload, and, if changes to the submission need to be made, you will be contacted. Otherwise, your dissertation will be available according to the document type you selected (open access or campus access).

Instructions with Screenshots

Screenshot. Text = Start by clicking on the My Account link

Screenshot. Text = Click on the Sign up link to create your account

Screenshot. Text = 1. Fill in the fields for email, first name, last name, and password. 2. Click on the Create Account button.

Screenshot. Text = The screen will alert you that an email has been sent to you with an account activation link.

Screenshot. Text = The account activation email will come from noreply@bepress.com with a subject stating Confirm Your Account. Click on the Confirm Account link.

Screenshot. Text = Click on Edit Profile to set your institutional affiliation

Screenshot. Text = Your email address, first name, and last name should match what you entered when you signed up for an account. Start typing "Concordia University" in the Institutional Affiliation box. Select "Concordia University - Portland" from the list of Concordias. Click the Update button to save changes.

Screenshot. Text = Once logged in, click on the Submit Research link.

Screenshot. Text =Click on the Ed.D. Dissertations link, located under Graduate Research.

Screenshot. [Text provides instructions for filling out the form; it's the same as the first 5 steps under the "You should now be on the page to provide information about your dissertation and upload it." section above]

Screenshot. [Text provides instructions for filling out the form; it's the same as steps 6 through 10 under the "You should now be on the page to provide information about your dissertation and upload it." section above]

Screenshot. [Text provides instructions for filling out the form; it's the same as steps 11 through 12 under the "You should now be on the page to provide information about your dissertation and upload it." section above]

Screenshot. [Text provides instructions for filling out the form; it's the same as steps 13 through 17 under the "You should now be on the page to provide information about your dissertation and upload it." section above]

Screenshot. Text = You should receive a confirmation message that your dissertation has been successfully uploaded. The College of Education will review the upload, and, if changes to the submission need to be made you will be contacted. Otherwise, your dissertation will be available according to the document type you selected (open access or campus access).