Beginning with the Fall Semester 2007 graduation, an electronic version of the thesis, thesis-equivalent project, EdS field project, or dissertation (collectively referred to as ETDs) is required.
An ETD is a document expressed in a format simultaneously suitable for machine archives and worldwide retrieval. Preparation of the ETD may be done using most word processor or document preparation systems that incorporate relevant multimedia objects.
The ETD has many benefits including:
Students who wish to order bound copies may do so through ProQuest or they also may make other arrangements.
As a part of the ETD submission students' abstracts are published in UMI's Master's Theses or Dissertations Abstracts publications. Upon submission, you are authorizing Proquest to produce copies of your work on demand for a fee. However, you may request UMI not distribute (or embargo) your ETD until further notice (up to two years). Some reasons for this may be if there is a patent pending, your employers requires a review of your work, or a publishing agreement requires initial publication. The ETD will also be included in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database which includes more than 2.3 million citations of which 870,000 are available in PDF. Each submission includes an abstract, citation, and a preview, and a PDF if available. About 3000 libraries subscibe to the PQDT.