The IR provides a perfect home for electronic theses & dissertations: graduate students’ scholarship is more visible when available online, and that visibility can create recruitment opportunities for graduate programs and the institution as a whole. The submission and peer-review tools built into Digital Commons repositories can also help to streamline outdated workflows and save valuable time for the Library and the Graduate School.

ETDs represent a distinct type of scholarship, and come with a unique set of challenges: institutions looking to launch or improve an ETD initiative face questions about ETD workflows, collaboration between graduate programs and the library, and whether embargoes and access restrictions are needed. To learn more about the benefits of ETDs, prior publication, and the work that other institutions have done to streamline their processes, check out the resources below.

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Bepress Guides

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Saving Trees, Time, and Money: Best Practices & Resources for ETDs, Casey Busher

Blog Posts

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Best Practices from Your Peers: ETD Removal Policies, bepress

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Can't Find It, Can't Sign It: On Dissertation Embargoes, Harvard University Press

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I’ll See Your Open Access and Raise You Two Book Deals: Or Why the AHA Should Reconsider its Policy, Jennifer Guiliano

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Open Access to Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Peter Suber

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University of Connecticut Uses Digital Commons’ Review Tools for ETDs, bepress

Brochures and Promotional Handouts

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Beyond Access: The Added Value of Electronic Thesis Implementation, Marisa Ramirez

Digital Commons Webinars

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Emerging Trends in ETD Publishing Models: A Bird's Eye View, Dave Seitz

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Increasing the Visibility and Impact of Graduate Research with Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Matt Dumouchel, Todd Bruns, and Stacey Knight-Davis

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Managing ETDs with Digital Commons: A Case Study at UMass Amherst, Meghan Banach and Courtney Smith

Examples

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Dissertations and Theses, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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From Bonding to Bridging: Using the Immunity to Change (ITC) Process to Build Social Capital and Create Change, Froswa' Booker-Drew

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Public Health Theses, Georgia State University

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Theses and Dissertation, University of Iowa

How-to Guides

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Guidance Documents for Lifecycle Management of ETDs, Daniel Alemneh, Bill Donovan, Martin Halbert, Yan Han, Geneva Henry, Patricia Hswe, Gail McMillian, and Xiaocan (Lucy) Wang

Other Resources

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ETD-L Listserv, ETD-L

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Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) Resource List, NDLTD

Presentations

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Implementing ETDs @ UConn, Michael J. Bennett

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Light on ETDs: Out from the Shadows, Wendy Robertson and Rebecca Routh

Research Papers

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An Investigation of ETDs as Prior Publications: Findings from the 2011 NDLTD Publishers’ Survey, Gail McMillan, Marisa Ramirez, Joan T. Dalton, Max Read, and Nancy H. Seamans

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Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? Findings from a 2011 Survey of Academic Publishers, Marisa Ramirez, Joan T. Dalton, Gail McMillan, Max Read, and Nancy H. Seamans

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ETD Management and Publishing in the ProQuest System and the University Repository: A Comparative Analysis, Gail P. Clement and Fred Rascoe

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FERPA and Student Work: Considerations for Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Marisa Ramirez and Gail McMillan

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Impact of Publishers’ Policy on Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Distribution Options within the United States, Angela M. McCutcheon

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Student Embargoes within Institutional Repositories: Faculty Early Transparency Concerns, David Stern