After your dissertation or thesis has been approved by your committee and you have passed your defense (if applicable), you will submit your manuscript to the Covenant library so that it can be cataloged, listed in worldwide research databases, and made available to other students and researchers. During the writing process, you will need to work closely with the library and the writing center to review your citations and document formatting in order to ensure that your manuscript will be accepted without delay. Here is the process, step-by-step:
Format Your Manuscript Properly
Your manuscript must abide by the the library’s formatting specifications. These specifications ensure that your document meets the general standards of academic professionalism and the technical requirements for binding.
The writing center and/or library staff will review your citations for adhereance to Turabian style and provide feedback on any problems found. When that review takes place depends on your program:
- DMin Dissertations – After you have completed chapter 2 (your literature review), send that chapter and a draft of your bibliography to the writing center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- ThM, MABTS, & MAET Theses –
- When you send your semi-final draft to your first reader, also send the first two chapters and your bibliography to the writing center (email@example.com) for an initial review.
- When you send your final draft to your second reader, also send your entire manuscript to the Library Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) for final review.
Produce and Submit a PDF.
Finalize your manuscript, incorporating any changes requested by your committee, following through on the feedback from your citation review, and making any last minute spelling and grammar corrections. Double-check that your manuscript meets the library’s formatting specifications (above).
You will submit your manuscript to the library as a PDF. Current versions of Microsoft Office, Windows 10, and Macs all have the ability to save as or print to PDF. Email your PDF to email@example.com.
Complete the Submission Paperwork
The library will need an original, signed copy of your approval/signature page. Arrange with your advisor, readers, and/or program director to have an original forwarded to Steve Jamieson in the library.
Download and complete the following forms, and then email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) Distribution Agreement
This form grants to TREN permission to create an archival copy of your thesis or dissertation and to make it available to other libraries and researchers.
- Covenant Seminary Non-Exclusive Distribution License
This form grants permission to the Seminary to post a PDF of your thesis or dissertation in the library catalog.
- Presbyterion Abstract Publication Agreement
This form grants permission to the Presbyterion Editorial Committee to publish your abstract in a future issue of the journal, should the Committee choose to do so. (Not all abstracts may be accepted for publication.)
- Research in Ministry® (RIM®) Abstract
Submit an abridged abstract (100–300 words) as a separate Word or text document for inclusion in the Atla Research in Ministry database.
Pay the Archival Fee
Note: included in final supervision course fees beginning Spring 2019.
The archival fee covers the cost of printing and storing a backup hard copy of your thesis or dissertation in the library’s vault. If you did not already pay this fee when you registered for your final supervision course, the library will contact you with payment options.
Bound Copies for You
If you would like to obtain bound hard copies of your thesis or dissertation, you can use the online Thesis on Demand service, or you can use a bindery in your local area.