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Research Guides

Dissertations and Theses: Digital Projects

Depositing Digital Work

Graduating authors may request that related digital projects be preserved in conjunction with the deposit of a traditional text-based dissertation or thesis. Please see the GC library's guidelines for documenting digital projects for deposit. The library will consult with you regarding the preservation of your work.

There is no single method or platform for archiving and preserving digital works. Open source tools and methods can preserve your work.


  1. The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine routinely crawls open websites and adds them to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive's Save Page Now preserves web pages (one at a time) on demand and produces a Wayback Machine URL. The GC Library may point the Archive-It crawler to publicly preserve a site at a chosen time, e.g. near completion of a degree, to produce a URL referencing the preserved record of a site. Authors may include these preservation URLs in a thesis or dissertation deposit record.
  2. A Web Archive (WARC) file capture of a website can supplement your dissertation or thesis in CUNY Academic Works. Visit each page with Webrecorder (use this guide for assistance). Download the capture as a WARC file, then test using Webrecorder Player before including it as a part of your deposit in CUNY Academic Works.  
  3. HTTrack captures a static version of a site in component files. Zip the contents of the HTTrack download and upload it as a supplemental file in CUNY Academic Works.

Images, Audio, Video

Still images, audio, or video files may supplement a thesis or dissertation submission in the CUNY Academic Works. Several supplemental files may be combined in a single .zip or .tar file. Use the Library of Congress recommended formats

Alternatively, upload image, audio, and video files to Internet Archive ( and organize the URLs for inclusion in your CUNY Academic Works submission.  Please see the following for more info.

Applications and Software

  • If your software is unique, create a .zip or .tar file containing source code and a readme file explaining software requirements (e.g. OS, Apache, MYSQL, PHP, Python versions) and building instructions. This file can supplement your thesis or dissertation deposit. 
  • Prepare a .zip or .tar file  of the backend database (or data) to use as a supplemental file.
  • Prepare a screencast or recording showing how the application works to use as a supplemental file. See:
  • Windows
  • iPhone
  • iPhone
  • Android