Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Title: Electronic Theses and Dissertations
As we become more dependent on technology, access to scholarly works is increasing. The Graduate School is committed to providing new ways to support the creativity and innovation of our scholars. To this end, the Graduate School, in collaboration with University Libraries, began a pilot program for the submission and approval of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) in Fall 2004.
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Library – Graduate School
The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Project (ETD) was launchedin 1987 at an Ann Arbor meeting arranged by UMI and attended byrepresentatives of Virginia Tech, the University of Michigan,SoftQuad, and ArborText. Virginia Tech funded the development of aDocument Type Definition (DTD) for dissertations and theses;SoftQuad's Yuri Rubinski wrote the initial DTD. The project continuedat VT ()with collaboration from the Coalition for Networked Information, theCouncil of Graduate Schools, and UMI, among others. Since 1994, manyof VT's students have submitted their dissertations and theses inAdobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). As of January 1997, VTsstudents were required to submit their projects in electronic formrather than in paper. The long-term plan is to have the theses anddissertations submitted in both PDF and SGML. VT is waiting forsuitable software to develop before requiring submissions to be inSGML format.
The primary purpose of a thesis or dissertation is to train the student in the process of scholarly research and writing under the direction of members of the Graduate Faculty. After the student has graduated and the work is published, it serves as a contribution to human knowledge, is useful to other scholars and perhaps even to a more general audience. Electronic thesis and dissertations (eTDs) expand the creative possibilities open to students and empower students to convey a richer message by permitting video, sound, and color images to be integrated into their work. Submitting and archiving eTDs helps students to understand electronic publishing issues and provides greater access to students' research. Through the Web, people from any place on the globe can link directly to eTD collections at Penn State and other universities. The Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Repository is ajoint initiative launched by the Emory University Libraries,the Laney Graduate School, and EmoryCollege.Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) have replaced printed theses and dissertations for most Rutgers graduate programs and are available through RUcore. Beginning with October 2007 degree date submissions, dissertations and theses that represent a terminal degree from the Graduate School--New Brunswick are submitted in online form only. Other graduate schools, including the Graduate School--Rutgers University-Newark, the Camden Graduate School, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and the Graduate School of Education, are participating in the program as well. The Mason Gross School of the Arts has made electronic submission optional.Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Workshop
Each Fall and Spring semester, the Office of Graduate Studies in Lawrence offers an ETD workshop that is broadcasted live to the KUMC campus. See the Office of Graduae Studies webpage to find the date for the next scheduled workshop. The workshop is designed for graduate students at any stage of the thesis (master's students) or dissertation (PhD) process. Various aspects of formatting and the basics of copyright are covered.
Recording of Workshop
Click to watch a recording of the Fall 2015 ETD Workshop.