Dissertation Copyright Registration

eCO Online System

File a copyright registration for your work through the Copyright Office online system.

Advantages include:

  • Lower filing fee of $35 for a basic claim (for online filings only)
  • Fastest processing time
  • Online status tracking
  • secure payment by credit or debit card, electronic check, or Copyright Office deposit account
  • the ability to upload certain categories of deposits directly into eCO as electronic files

Before using the service, we recommend you first read eCO Tips, eCO FAQs, or eCO Tutorial

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Alternate Methods:

1) Registration with Fill-In Form CO

The next best option for registering basic claims is the new fill-in Form CO. Using 2-D barcode scanning technology, the Office can process these forms much faster and more efficiently than paper forms completed manually. Simply complete Form CO on your personal computer, print it out, and mail it along with a check or money order and your deposit. The fee for a basic registration on Form CO is $45.

2) Registration with Paper Forms

Paper versions of Form TX (literary works); Form VA (visual arts works); Form PA (performing arts works, including motion pictures); Form SR (sound recordings); and Form SE (single serials) are still available. The fee for a basic registration using one of these forms is $45 payable by check or money order. Form CON (continuation sheet for applications) is also still available in paper. These paper forms are not accessible on the Copyright Office website; however, staff will send them to you by postal mail upon request. Remember that online registration through eCO and fill-in Form CO (see above) can be used for the categories of works applicable to Forms TX, VA, PA, SR, and SE.


Library Services for Thesis and Dissertation Writers

Research Assistance

Would you like help conducting or updating your literature review?  Consider making an appointment with the Library Subject Specialist for your area to learn how to search the key sources for your discipline. There may also be an online research guide (LibGuide) for your subject. Browse available guides.

If you need help with citing sources, please see the Citation Style Guides for additional information.

The Library can also help you with copyright or plagiarism questions. For copyright issues specific to thesis/dissertation writers, please see the tab on this topic.

Binding Services

The Library's Bindery Unit will assist you in getting your thesis or dissertation bound. For information about applicable fees, forms, and locations, please see their Thesis/Dissertation page. This page also explains options for having personal copies bound. Please note that all copies must be edited, approved, and signed before they will be accepted for binding.

New Mexico State University permits the embargo of dissertations and theses under specific circumstances. For more information, please see the following policy, Embargo of Dissertations and Master's Theses.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School has its own guidelines on thesis and dissertation preparation, including a comprehensive manual and a set of frequently asked questions. All graduate students preparing theses and dissertations should be familiar with these documents.

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