All McGill students keep the copyright of their thesis, but with the Final Thesis Submission, they are required to sign two non-exclusive licenses, one with McGill Library and one with Library and Archives Canada. McGill Library and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) consider graduate theses important sources of original research and make them available in electronic form in open access. The McGill license permits McGill University to make the thesis available in electronic form through McGill repository eScholarship@McGill. The license with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) permits the thesis to be visible and accessible by creating bibliographic records available through the Theses Canada Portal.
By signing these licences, students:
Anyone seeking permissions to use material from McGill theses, must seek them directly from the author, as McGill Library does not hold any copyright in students' work.