Electronic Theses & Dissertations
The NDLTD project focuses on graduate education and raising the level of knowledge transfer. Since students may wish to read a thesis or dissertation that was prepared many years before, it is imperative that the NDLTD arrange for archiving of ETDs, so they can be accessed even when media and technology change.
Virginia Tech is developing tools for students to submit ETDs both as SGML and PDF documents. As the software is developed, other southeastern universities will help test the ETD software. When the software is released, it will be available to other institutions for local use as a part of the Monticello Electronic Library project. Virginia Tech also will coordinate development and implementation of a distributed digital library system, so that ETDs from all participating institutions can be easily accessed. This will allow browsing and searching (based on institution, date, author, title, keywords, and full-text), as well as downloading for local reading or printing.
The University of Virginia Library accepts dissertations and masters theses on CD-ROM or DVD. These disks are cataloged, archived, and shelved largely in the same way as print dissertations and theses and can be checked out, read and printed on Library computers.
The aim of the ADT project is to create a national collaborative distributed database of digitised theses produced at Australian Universities. The ADT database provides access to PhD and Masters by Research theses only.