An RTD (retrospective thesis or dissertation) is an electronic version of a thesis or dissertation previously published only in print. UCF Library's RTD project includes all theses or dissertations published at UCF since the first thesis was published in 1972 through mid-2004, after which theses and dissertations were automatically digitized.
It easy! If you are the author, just sign the Internet Distribution Consent Agreement, either either fax it or scan and email it to us. That's all you have to do--we take care of the rest. If you provide contact information, we will let you know when your work is available online to view.
We ask permission to distribute your work online because, in most cases, you (the author) own the copyright to your work. There are some instances in which copyright was assigned to another party, such as an employer, and in that case, permission would need to be granted by the copyright holder. According to U.S. copyright law, "Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form" (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf). In other words, copyright does not have to be secured or applied for, as it is automatically granted to the creator of the work once the work is in fixed form.
If you are unsure about the copyright status of your thesis or dissertation, contact Kerri Bottorff and she can investigate it for you.
An RTD makes historical research accessible to a wide audience. By digitizing your research, it becomes more accessible to scholars all over the world, as well as being more readily searchable than a print document.
It take a few steps to create a RTD from a print thesis or dissertation. First, and most importantly, we need your consent to digitize and distribute your thesis your thesis or dissertation. Once that consent is received, library staff will scan and create a pdf document from the print, creating bookmarks to the chapters and making the document searchable. The digital copy is then uploaded to the library's institutional repository STARS, and an archival copy is sent to the Florida Digital Archive for long-term storage, digital preservation and migration.
Information about print theses and dissertations can still be found in the library's online catalog. RTDs can be found by searching UCF's institutional repository, STARS. From there, you can search within the larger theses and dissertations collection by title, author, subject, and many other areas.
Upon digitization and inclusion in UCF Libraries Digital Collections, all RTDs are ingested into the Florida Digital Archive for long-term storage, digital preservation, and migration. The Florida Digital Archive provides “a cost-effective, long-term preservation repository for digital materials in support of teaching and learning, scholarship, and research in the state of Florida. In support of this mission, the Florida Digital Archive guarantees that all files deposited by agreement with its affiliates remain available, unaltered, and readable from media.”
While many institutions have historically submitted to ProQuest, the digital environment is causing institutions to rethink their dissemination options. Already Harvard, MIT, Virginia Tech, Louisiana State University, University of Tennessee, and California Institute of Technology have elected to make submission to ProQuest optional and Stanford is in the process of moving from ProQuest to Google. California Polytechnic State University and the University of West Florida have never submitted to ProQuest. The University of Florida is now requiring only the submission of abstracts to ProQuest.
A listing of ETD sites to use for completing a comprehensive search is available below. Please visit Searching for Theses and Dissertations for more information.
That's actually a great question! Unfortunately I don't have an answer, but here's the breakdown of where each generation of theses and dissertations can be found.