About ETDs for VT Authors and Advisors


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 additional information or assistance, contact

VT Graduate School ETD Coaches: grads@vt.edu or (540) 231-8636
Gail McMillan, Director, Digital Library and Archives: gailmac@vt.edu

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