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ProQuest Submission

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Ordering Bound Copies

ProQuest can bind your document. Follow the directions at the ProQuest website regarding their full range of binding options. You select the binding option you prefer at the “Order Copies” step of the submission process.

Tuscaloosa Bindery is your alternative for local binding. Tuscaloosa Bindery is located at 2704 6th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (Ph: 205-758-2204). You have two options with Tuscaloosa Bindery, as follows:

(1)  After your ETD receives final approval by the Graduate School, provide Tuscaloosa Bindery with the electronic file of your ETD and tell them the number of copies you want bound. 

(2)  As an alternative to providing Tuscaloosa Bindery an electronic file, you can provide your own hard copies.  Your pages will not be checked for correctness by anyone else before or after you take them to Tuscaloosa Bindery, so check each page carefully to ensure that you have printed accurate copies of each page.  Take the number of copies you want bound to Tuscaloosa Bindery during normal business hours. 

A third option is to secure binding services from an online source.  The Graduate School is not able, however, to recommend specific online binderies.


Because these copies will not be placed on the shelf in the library, there is no special paper requirement; however, your bound copies will have a more professional appearance and a longer shelf life if you use a high-quality paper. White 20-24 lb., acid-free, 8 ˝ x 11, watermarked paper (available in most office supply stores and professional copy centers) is the usual choice for bound dissertations.


The costs for ProQuest binding are given at the ProQuest website. For the costs charged by Tuscaloosa Bindery, please contact the Bindery at the number above.

The Binding Process and ProQuest Timeline

Once your thesis or dissertation has been submitted to and then accepted by the Graduate School, your document's status changes to Ready for Delivery.  The Dean of the Graduate School approves the Committee Acceptance Form for Electronic Thesis or Dissertation at that time.

Approval of the manuscript is just one requirement for the degree.  Please see the Graduate Catalog to be sure that you meet all other degree-completion requirements as well.

Approximately 2 weeks after the commencement ceremony, all approved theses and dissertations are released to ProQuest, and the status changes to Delivered to ProQuest.

The  ProQuest website states that all orders for manuscript copies will be shipped approximately 8-12 weeks after receipt of a manuscript  for publication.



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