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The Institutional Repository at the University of Florida (IR@UF): Honors Theses

Learn about the free and open online archive of the IR@UF.

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Institutional Repository at UF (IR@UF) enables students to post a copy of their final honors project online, with a permanent link (or links) that they can include in online applications or résumés, social media, or emails to friend, colleagues, and family.

Honors degree requirements vary by department, so be sure to check with your advisor and/or undergraduate coordinator to see whether your department requires you to submit your thesis or other project to the IR@UF.

NOTE: You must have received final approval from your department before you submit your Honors thesis or project to the Libraries. Please do not use our submission form before then. Any changes you need to make after you complete your Libraries submission require explicit approval from your thesis advisor/sponsor/mentor or your department's undergraduate Honors coordinator.


The Basics

Guidelines vary by degree program

Be sure to talk to your thesis advisor and/or your department's Honors coordinator about department-specific guidelines.

Libraries' submission deadlines

  • Fall 2019 Graduates – December 11
  • Spring 2020 Graduates – April 29

Note: If your department requires you to defend your thesis or project, your Libraries submission deadline might be different. Please contact your advisor or undergrad coordinator if you do not already know your department's deadline for Libraries submissions.

Graduation requirements

Department: Deadlines to submit your honors thesis/project to your department might affect your graduation.

Libraries: Deadlines to submit to the Libraries will not affect your graduation.

Research assistance

For research help, check in with your Subject Specialist Librarian.

Submission assistance

Department: Contact your advisor and/or your department's undergrad coordinator.

Libraries: Contact the IR Team at or 352-294-3785.

Submitting to the Libraries

  • For most departments, you must submit the final version of your work to the department for approval before you can graduate with Honors.
    • Your faculty advisor and/or your department’s undergrad coordinator can tell you whether you must submit a thesis or other terminal project.
  • For preservation purposes, you need to submit the approved version of your Honors work to the Libraries.
  • When you are completing the online submission form, you have the option of including your work in the Undergraduate Honors Theses collection in the Institutional Repository (IR@UF).
    • You also have several options for restricting access to your thesis or project; see the document linked below for details.

Thesis or project file(s):

  • For traditional research papers, essays, and articles, please submit a standard PDF file.
    • "Standard" here means a plain PDF saved from Microsoft Word or another word processor.
    • Please do not scan a printed copy of your work to send to us.
  • Media, dataset, and other types of submissions must conform to the acceptable formats list.

If necessary, a signed letter (or letters) of permission to quote or reproduce copyrighted material for all copyrighted material included beyond fair use (e.g. large portions of information or data where someone else holds the copyright). If you cannot get the answer you need from the copyright guide, you can email your question(s) to

  • If you are the sole copyright holder of your work, you do not need to submit a permission to quote form.
  • If you have co-authors who are not UF faculty, staff, or graduate students, you will need a signed grant of permissions from them.

Please do not submit your Honors thesis or project until you have final approval of your work from your department.

Write to us at if you have any questions while you are preparing your Honors submission to the Libraries.

  • Keep copies of your work and the form(s) that you submit to your department.
  • Submit your work and any required forms to your department by their deadline.
    • Requirements vary by department. Be sure that you understand yours well before their deadline.
  • Complete the online form at to submit your work to the libraries by our deadline (see the Basics box on the left for deadlines).

Note: If you see an Honors level that seems wrong to you, or no Honors level at all, please do not be concerned. The form uses the Honors pre-certification data. Not all colleges/schools enter that data and the final Honors level is occasionally different from what colleges enter for pre-certification.

  • Publishing your work in the IR@UF is a free service
  • You get a permanent link to your Honors project that can help you:
    • Enhance résumés and applications
    • Show off to friends and family
    • Support ongoing scholarship by enabling others to cite your work in their own
  • Including your work in the IR helps improve and sustain UF's reputation as a leading research university
    • Prospective students can see the variety and strength of undergraduate research opportunities at UF
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