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Digital Commons

A guide to posting and navigating Cal Poly's DigitalCommons website

Information for Departments

The Kennedy Library is thrilled to support Cal Poly student success by making students’ senior projects available in our online scholarship archive DigitalCommons@CalPoly. By contributing to DigitalCommons@CalPoly, our students have a digital record of their senior project which they can access anywhere, a permanent URL for their project, and access to their project’s download statistics.

By encouraging your students to deposit their senior projects in DigitalCommons@CalPoly, your department is ensuring your students contribute scholarship to their field, and your department has ready examples of your students’ intellectual output.

Here’s our suggested workflow for the senior project submission process:

  • Once a student’s senior project is completed and approved by their advisor, the student uploads their senior project to DigitalCommons@CalPoly and turns in a completed Senior Project Requirement Form and a Cashier’s Receipt to their department. Directions for students can be found here.
  • The department forwards the Senior Project Requirement Form and the Cashier’s Receipt to:
    • Senior Projects, Kennedy Library, Bldg 35.
  • Once the library receives the Senior Project Requirement Form, Cashier’s Receipt, and the uploaded senior project, Digital Commons staff will make the senior project viewable on DigitalCommons@CalPoly.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do our students upload their senior project?

Students go to DigitalCommons@CalPoly, click on their department, and select “Submit Senior Project” in the sidebar.

For detailed upload instructions, see the Senior Project Libguide.

If the student or faculty advisor does not want a senior project in DigitalCommons@CalPoly, do they need to do anything?

No, if the student or department does not want a senior project in DigitalCommons@CalPoly, the student does not need to complete the Senior Project Requirement Form or pay the fee.

Who has final authority in whether a senior project is added to DigitalCommons@CalPoly?

The student’s faculty advisor and department have final authority in whether a senior project is added to DigitalCommons@CalPoly.

Can a department pay the senior project fee for students?

We are unable to accept payments for senior projects from departments. However, the department may choose to reimburse the student directly.


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