1) it is optional, not required (the ProQuest deposit is required); and
2) it will be available to everyone on the Internet; there is no embargo for dissertations in the UNL DigitalCommons.
Master's candidates: Deposit of your thesis or project is required. (If an embargo, [restricted access] is necessary, you may deposit the thesis at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/embargotheses/ — but only after getting the prior approval of your department and the Graduate Office; contact Terri Eastin).
Artists: Please include examples of your artwork. It can be inserted into the Word file that contains your abstract, or put in a separate Word (or PDF) file that can be added as a "supplemental" or "additional" file. Or individual files (jpg, tif, gif, mpg, wmv, etc.) can be added as "additionals". There is a box to check on the submission form, and the system comes back and asks you to upload as many as you need.
All depositors: We try to observe a 24-hour "cooling off" period to give you opportunity to correct those "oops" issues that seem to emerge just after deposit.
Upon deposit, you will immediately receive an email that your submission has been received (and this is what you need to show the Graduate Office).
However, you can still log back in and select Revise and upload a new version with your advisor's name spelled right, or your mother thanked in the Acknowledgments, or whatever you're stressing about.
After about a day, your submission will be "published" or "posted", making it available to the Internet; you will get another email to that effect, and your submission can no longer be changed--by you.
If further changes are needed, these can be made by sending a revised file to the administrator < email@example.com > requesting replacement of the current online version. DO NOT RESUBMIT YOUR THESIS / DISSERTATION. That creates duplicate records, confusion, wasted effort, frustration, sadness, tears, and causes kittens to get sick.
Finally: Congratulations; you are almost there. Click the "Submit your paper or article" link at the bottom of the gray box at left. Follow the instructions. You should be able to copy (Ctrl-C) and paste (Ctrl-V) most fields.
You are the sole author; your advisor is not considered a co-author.
Your institution is "University of Nebraska-Lincoln" (not "at Lincoln" or ", Lincoln"). Do not leave it blank; then the administrator has to fill it in, and he is tempted to make it something silly.
You do not need to repeat your name and title in the Abstract field; just the body of the abstract.
When you reach the question "Was this submission previously published in a journal?", just skip that part.
Be sure to click the "Submit" button at the bottom. Files upload at the rate of about 5 Mb per minute, so if you have an ungodly large file, it may take a bit of time.
If your file exceeds 40 Mb, think about reducing its size--there are many ways; Google "reduce pdf file size" to find some.
Okay, get started. That thesis is not going to submit itself.
Breathe... Keep Breathing., Shaun C. Kiel
Abstention and Opposition, Ryan D. LaBar
Once-Removed (And Other Familiar Relations), Emily Newman
Am I Here?, Carla M. Potter
I've fallen in love with every one of you..., Kayleigh L. Speck
Maelstrom, Gertrude L. Teijink
From Baa to Eye: Language as Images, yinghua zhu
Of vapor beneath the evening star, Sarah Barnard Blitz
View of the Void, John E. Carrasco
Catch shadow, Hold light, Autumn Cipala
Bringing Spiritual Symbolism to a Material Plane, Seth Green
THE CONSTELLATlONS OF PALOMAR, Shane Haley
DISPLACEMENT, Kelly Manning
SATURATED MEMORY, Jewel Noll
DIE! AKHNA.TEN DIE!, Joshua Norton
DYSFUNCTIONATION, Samuel B. Rapien
OIL& WATER, Miranda Allbritten
PERCEPTUAL TRACE, Sherry Black
Paintings, Michael Burton
WHAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU?, Susan A. Dewsnap
RECOLLECTION, Eriko Fujita
Constructing Entropy, Xanthe Isbister
GOOD GIRL, Erika C. Navarrete Anderson
CONSTANT DAYDREAM, Anne Ruehrmund
SPECIOUS I SPACIOUS, Amanda Smith
Decay of the Domestic, Kimberly J. Thomas
SIMPLE COMPLEXITY, Eric T. Anderson
INSlDE OUT, Caitlin Rose Applegate
Beautiful Objects, Jenni Brant
Density, Jesse Ross
SELF, Justin D. Shaw
PAINTINGS, Susan L. Arthur
FALLING/FLOATING: PIECES OF NATURE, Susan Belau
REST FOR THE EYE, Jason L. Briggs
Circumstantial Evidence, Paula Day
THE WELL CONSIDERED POT, Matthew Lee Kelleher
NECESSARY FICTIONS, Yvonne M. Meyer
STORYTELLING: ARTIST'S BOOKS, Nancy Jo Ann Steele
MAPS TO PLACES YOU COULDN'T FIND, Michael J. Strand
THE LANDSCAPE IN TRANSITION, Tim Klunder
PAINTING AND BEING: A MEDITATION ON PERCEPTION, Myron N. Moore
INTO THE LANDSCAPE, Gegory S. Walter