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Senior Works - Poet Commons

This guide shares information on how Whittier College seniors can deposit and archive their senior works into the Wardman Library's digital repository, Poet Commons. Using Poet Commons will provide digital preservation as well as worldwide exposure to th

Submission form

This PDF submission form must be completed and sent to Wardman Library ( before depositing your senior work.

Information about the submission form

  1. Review the form thoroughly.  Before you complete the submission form, read through all the sections to be sure you have the all of the requested information.  If you have a question, contact the Library. Providing the wrong information can delay the deposit process.

  2. An abstract is very important.  Along with the title and keywords, your abstract is an important factor in getting your work discovered.  Be sure to write an abstract that captures the essence of the work.

  3. Does your project involve human subjects?  If your research included human subjects, there are additional factors to consider so it is important to review the requirements in the submission form.  

  4. Supplemental materials.  While some projects may be a research paper, other text-based or non-text works may have additional materials such as datasets, music composition, surveys, scripts, etc.  These types of supplemental materials will be very useful to researchers who find your work so it is important to think about their inclusion into the Poet Commons.

  5. Access level.  You have the option to choose how widely you want your work to be shared.

    • Make it completely open access and share it with the world.

    • Restrict access to only the campus community of current students, faculty, and staff.

    • Place an embargo for a period of time (1 month to 15 years) and then make it open access.

    • Place an embargo for a period of time (1 month to 15 years) and then restrict access to just the Whittier College campus.

  6. Get advisor approval. Your faculty advisor is required to approve your request to deposit your work into Poet Commons.  It is important to consult with the during this process.