When you own the copyright to your creative endeavor and you are making it publicly accessible yourself, you may explicitly grant permissions for others to use your work under a Creative Commons License. For further detail, please see Creative Commons Explained. (The Creative Commons also offers an interactive tool to help you choose the appropriate license for your needs.)
This is commonly referred to as making your work available "open access". For detail on open access, see Cornell University's Guide to Open Access Publishing and also Open Educational Resources (from MHC).
To apply a CC license to your honors thesis, please see Electronic Honors Theses below.
When you submit a text for publication, you will be asked to make decisions about your copyright which may include turning your copyright over to the publisher of your work. As you choose a publisher (or choose among potential publishers), you are encouraged to think through the implications of their polices on the future reuse of your work. Some publishers will facilitate open access options, but many will not. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides a searchable collection of publisher policies -- check here when deciding where to publish. Unless addressed in the transfer agreement, you may be forbidden by the publisher to do the following:
Resources to aid with publisher negotiations:
Before submitting your honors thesis to LITS, please read Understanding Access Permissions. This page explains the access and permissions options you can set for your e-thesis and any accompanying materials (such as supporting video or images).
You must discuss access and permissions with your thesis advisor, since he or she will be most familiar with your work. You, with the help of your advisor, will need to decide how others should access your thesis based on its content.