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Graduate Thesis Submission Guide

The Libraries' requirements and advice for graduate theses.

What is Open Access?

"Open access is a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data. A publication is defined 'open access' when there are no financial, legal or technical barriers to accessing it - that is to say when anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search for and search within the information, or use it in education or in any other way within the legal agreements." 

(From the web page "What is Open Access? — Open Access.NL. See more at "")

Open Access materials have no copyright restrictions and should be sought out first when locating third party materials.

Open Access Image Resources

The links below provide access to images that are in the public domain or have been made available for reuse and can likely be used in for small run scholarly publications and theses free of charge.  Always check the rights statement associated with each image to make sure that you are abiding by the terms of use, which may include a specific format for the credit line.

Stock Photography Sites

Museums with Open Access Policies

Below is a selection of museums that provide open access to portions of their collections.  For links to more museums, see the following resources, which include some links to European institutions.

"Open access image libraries – a handy list." Apollo Magazine, February 28, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2021

"Public Domain Images For Artists." Retrieved March 4, 2021

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