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Theses and Dissertations: What are the benefits of ETDs?

What are the benefits of ETDs?

An ETD makes research immediately accessible to a broad audience, while reducing both printing/binding costs for the student and processing/storage costs for the University. In addition to the electronic format being more readily searchable than a print document, it can incorporate added features such as color, multimedia, and supplemental files and provides opportunities to use new forms of creative scholarship through use of interactive elements, multimedia, hyperlinks, etc.

Retrospectively scanning theses and dissertations makes historical research accessible to a wide audience. By digitizing older research, it becomes more accessible to scholars all over the world, as well as being more readily searchable than a print document.