Dissertations and ProQuest

All doctoral students pay a $45 dissertation microfilming fee at the time that they pay their Graduation Fees. This fee goes to ProQuest Information and Learning (PQIL) , a corporation that will microfilm and archive the dissertation as well as assign it a unique ISBN and create a bibliographic record for distribution to resources such as OCLC, Silver Platter, STN and Dialog. 

In addition to payment of the fee, PQIL requires students to complete an Author Agreement form. The form requires students' selection of either the Open Access or Traditional Publishing options. There is an additional $95 fee for the Open Access option. Forms with a copy of the dissertation title page and abstract attached should be turned in to the Graduate School office. 

The Graduate School will forward the form and the electronic manuscript to PQIL for processing after the official graduation date. PQIL suggests that authors should allow up to 16 weeks between receipt of the form and release of the dissertation. 

Please note: Although the Graduate School collects the fees and agreement forms for distribution, PQIL is an agency independent of the University of New Orleans. Any agreement between students and PQIL for services such as copyright registration, or discounted copies of your dissertation, in addition to the decision on options of access are also independent of UNO. Students are encouraged to make copies of the Author Agreement form for their records before turning them in to the Graduate School office. 

Students who may decide to opt out of this service must complete a waiver form in the Graduate School office. The microfilming fee will not be refunded.