Answered By: Noël Kopriva
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2017     Views: 209

Most dissertations/theses are freely available, but occasionally students choose to restrict access for a variety of reasons, such as protecting creative writing work or potential patent applications. Some items in MOspace are restricted to members of the University of Missouri System or a particular campus:

  • by request of the author
  • due to copyright restrictions

When trying to open a file (bitstream) of a restricted item, you may receive the message, "This bitstream is restricted."  If you are a member of the University of Missouri, log in to MOspace with your University user name and password, and open the file again.  If you still cannot open the file, there are two possibilities:

  • the file is restricted to another campus 
  • the item is embargoed

An embargoed item is one which has been added to MOspace but which the author has requested not be made public until a certain date.  After that date, the item may be freely available or may be restricted to the System or a campus.  If you have any questions about a restricted bitstream or an embargo release date please email