Student Work Goes Digital!

A year after DigitalCommons@CalPoly made its campus debut, Cal Poly senior projects and master's theses are now available through the university's online archive. Marking a shift from the past paper-based submission process, students upload their senior projects and master's theses directly to the online archive. Once in the system, the work is automatically archived by Robert E. Kennedy Library and made available to anyone with Internet access.

"This is a major step toward increasing access and availability of capstone projects and theses created by Cal Poly students," said Michael Miller, dean of Library Services. "DigitalCommons@CalPoly brings together student scholarship and shares with the world the high caliber of research and education occurring on the Cal Poly campus. Student work will be available to new audiences including future employers, future Cal Poly students, Cal Poly parents and alumni, graduate schools, funding agencies and other universities."

Students see many benefits to the new system. Shawna Swanson (ART'09) believes that her work will be used more frequently now that her project is archived online. "I think people are more likely to look up senior projects if they are online versus having to sort through hard copies." Adam Jacobvitz (EE'09) likes the simplicity of the electronic submission process, adding, "It makes it easier to search for projects. They can be viewed from anywhere."

From Kennedy Library's 2009-2010 Annual Publication (11MB PDF).

You can view senior projects by Shawna and Adam — along with many other student projects and theses — at DigitalCommons@CalPoly.