Thesis Submission and Binding
Butler University Libraries offers thesis binding as a service for current students enrolled in a program requiring a written thesis component. Using an online form, you will submit a digital copy of your completed thesis, including all cover page and signature components required by your department. The Libraries will print and bind one physical copy to be housed in the library collection.
At the time of submission, you may also purchase bound personal or department copies for $20 each, payable by credit or debit card. Please allow 8-12 weeks of processing time for the binding process and submit a permanent address if you wish to have bound copies mailed to you.
Students will also have the opportunity to make their work widely available through Digital Commons, an online archive of Butler University scholarship. For more information on Digital Commons, please contact Olivia MacIsaac (317-940-9206) or Josh Petrusa (317-940-9236).
For graduate theses that are CD or DVD recordings with a recital program and no other written component, please submit a library copy directly to the School of Music’s Director of Graduate Studies.
Preparing Your Submission
When you're ready to submit, make sure you have the following information on hand:
- Your thesis title
- Your thesis abstract
- This is a short summary of what your thesis is about, approximately 1 paragraph or 250 words
A signed certification form with your advisor(s) signature, inserted as the first page of your thesis
- An electronic version of your thesis in PDF form
Unsure of your department's process? Contact the Honors Program or your department's graduate advisor.
Are you an advisor and have questions? Check out our advisors' guide to electronic theses!
How do I order a personal copy?
Once you submit your thesis, you will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to order and pay for a print copy for yourself and/or your department. Copies are $20 a piece and can be paid for with a credit or debit card.
What's this Digital Commons thing?
When you submit your thesis, you have the option of making your thesis openly available in Digital Commons, a digital archive of the scholarly and creative output of Butler University. Student theses are some of our most popular content, receiving thousands of hits every year! If you're preparing your resume, this is a great way to share your research with your future graduate program or employer. Please check out our Digital Commons Student Theses page to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of making your thesis freely available.