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Theses and Dissertations: What is the NDLTD?

What is the NDLTD?

The NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) is an international consortium dedicated to improving graduate education by promoting digital libraries of electronic theses and dissertations.  Presently, over 100 research universities and professional organizations have joined the NDLTD.  Unlike UMI (University Microfilms International), which is a business that charges for ETDs, the model of the NDLTD is to provide free access to scholarship world-wide. Also, whereas UMI archives only 12,000 of the approximately 100,000 theses produced each year, the NDLTD initiative aims to handle the hundreds of thousands of theses as well as undergraduate honors theses.