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Honors Projects

This guide provides information on doing research for a Macalester honors project, author rights, copyright, and the publication process.

Your Published Honors Project

We are dedicated to publishing the scholarship of Macalester faculty, staff, and students through an open access model that allows everyone to share in knowledge. To learn more about our publishing program, including policies and procedures, go to our website Publishing@Mac. We have been publishing Honors projects on the web since 2005. Publishing your Honors project is an opportunity to share your scholarship or creative endeavor with the world. You are not required to publish your Honors project, although it is highly encouraged. Honors projects are among the most popular downloads in our repository. People can find Honors projects in our repository and through search engines such as Google and Google Scholar. 



  1. Review for compliance with the formatting requirements provided by your academic department and the Academic Programs office. Also review for any potential copyright violations.
  2. Submit Your Research page in our online repository, Digital Commons, and find the appropriate link for your academic department. Follow the steps provided for submitting your project.
  3. Fill out the Permission To Deposit Honors Projects form. Consider contributing your data files along with your paper.
  4. Library staff will review the Honors projects for copyright violations. 
  5. Projects are published over the following summer, or during the next semester for December graduates.
  6. Celebrate. Fish wearing a party hat.