Is this Guide for me?

Gutman Library created this Guide to support HGSE Ed.L.D. students, or residents, as they prepare to submit their final, approved Capstone to the university using the ProQuest ETD system.

While some of the information in this Guide is generalizable, it is meant to reflect the degree and Capstone submission requirements of the HGSE Ed.L.D. program. HGSE Ph.D. students should follow specific guidance from GSAS about dissertation submission. 

When should I use this Guide?

Residents must upload their Capstone to the ProQuest ETD system by the date established by their program, which can be found in the Ed.L.D. Capstone Handbook.

In general, residents will upload a final version of their Capstone to the ProQuest ETD system only after they receive final approval from their Capstone Committee. Final approval will come after defense and after post-defense revisions have been incorporated and reviewed by the Capstone Committee. This typically occurs in late April and early May.

Overview of Submission Process

The following is a high-level overview of what happens when you submit your Capstone to the university:

  1. You submit a final, approved version of your Capstone to the ProQuest ETD system. During the process, you:
    • Provide your contact information
    • Make decisions about publishing options (copyright) and restrictions (embargoes)
    • Upload a PDF version of your Capstone manuscript
  2. Your submission is then assigned to an administrator in the Ed.L.D. program.
  3. The assigned administrator reviews your submission to ensure that your information and the PDF of your manuscript is accurate, correct, and complete.
  4. When your submission passes review, the administrator will approve it.
  5. Once approved, and depending on the choices you made about your publishing options and restrictions, your Capstone is then delivered to:
    • ProQuest for publishing in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database
    • Harvard Library for publishing in DASH
    • A citation/abstract will also appear in Google Scholar and in some indexes (e.g., ERIC, PsycINFO, MLA).