Turn your Senior Project into a Digital Masterpiece!

Close up of what a microfiche looks like. Not as easy as viewing the project on a computer! (photo credit: flickr, Deborah Fitchett)

Do you ever wonder what happens to all of those senior projects once people graduate? Besides Jamba Juice and the select few other senior projects that “make it big”, senior projects (for the most part) just sit in a cold room at the back of the library shoved into tiny little drawers that hold “microfiches” (small transparencies of senior project papers). To view those senior projects, you have to go in their and use a projector that views those transparencies.

Not convenient.

Digital Commons is making it possible for you to UPLOAD your senior project online without even leaving the comfort of your home. Digital Commons has a threefold purpose:

  1. It’s for Senior Projects, like I said. Seniors can upload their project and own copyright on their project, all the while making it easily accessible through the internet for others to view.
    Oh, so your great grandma’s friend who lives in Canada wants to see your senior project but she can’t come to Cal Poly to see your project and God knows you don’t want to send your original work to her? Just give her the link to your project! It’s that easy with Digital Commons to find out how to do that, click here.
  2. It’s for all Under Graduates. Even if you haven’t done a senior project (yet) you might find it useful to use other senior projects for research. Maybe someone did a senior project on the topic you have to write a paper on. With Digital Commons, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to get research material! You can also view scholarship published by professors at cal poly, which leads me to the final “fold” of Digital Commons.
  3. Professors and Faculty can publish their work with Digital Commons. They own their own rights to the material as well. All you have to do as a professor who has scholarship to publish is call up a representative with digital commons and they will help you every step of the way.

So how exactly do you do this? Here are some helpful links!

For Seniors:

How to submit your senior project
7 Steps to submitting your project
Copyright Laws for your project
For Graduate Students

For Undergrads:
Collections of scholarship already in Digital Commons
Campus Journals
Senior Projects

For Faculty/Grad students:
Benefits of submitting work
How to self-submit work
Instructions on submitting Master’s Thesis

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