About ETDs for VT Authors and Advisors
More current information from the VT Graduate School and the Libraries is available in the ETD LibGuide.
Virginia Tech has had an international leadership role in ETD initiatives since the 1980s, leading to its January 1, 1997, mandate that graduate students submit their theses and dissertations online. A collaboration between the Graduate School and the University Libraries, VT ETDs are available through the ETD database and since 2013 in VTechworks, the university’s repository of digital research and scholarship. VT's ETDs and others are also linked from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations and other resources.
A primary goal of ETD initiatives is to make the research and scholarship conducted by graduate students freely and openly accessible. Another goal is to give future academics opportunities to prepare electronic works such as book chapters, journal articles, and conference presentations, assuming that they will be publishing electronically in the future also. Yet another goal is to expand the medium of expression for graduate research and scholarship to more than words and figures that can be reproduced on paper, to other media, including audio and video. There are awards available for outstanding ETDs.
In addition to the information on this Web site, consult the Graduate School’s deadlines. There are also FAQs (frequently asked questions) about the submission process and copyright.
For more background on the ETD initiative, see this letter to students and the definition of an ETD.
For information or assistance, contact
VT Graduate School ETD Coaches: email@example.com or (540) 231-8636
Virginia Tech has been a world leader in electronic theses and dissertation initiatives for more than 20 years. On January 1, 1997, Virginia Tech was the first university to require electronic submission of theses and dissertations (ETDs). Ever since then, Virginia Tech graduate students have been able to prepare, submit, review, and publish their theses and dissertations online and to append digital media such as images, data, audio, and video.
University Libraries staff are currently digitizing thousands of pre-1997 theses and dissertations and loading them into VTechWorks. Most of these theses and dissertations are fully available to the public, but we will, in general, honor requests by the item's author to restrict access to Virginia Tech only. See our process for Requesting that Material be Amended or Removed.
To search all Virginia Tech print and digital theses and dissertations, use the University Libraries ETD resource guide.
Materials that are restricted to Virginia Tech only may be requested via your own university or public library's Interlibrary Loan program or through the VTechWorks request form that appears when you try to access the item. You might also be able to obtain a copy of the work through ProQuest's database of theses and dissertations. If you are on a Virginia Tech campus but are unable to find the pre-1997 thesis or dissertation you are seeking in VTechWorks, you may also be able to order a physical copy from library storage. Please check the library catalog at http://www.lib.vt.edu/ for physical copies.
The guidelines that apply to Virginia Tech's graduate students as ETD authors can be found at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/ETDguide.