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How to use this guide

This site is intended as a central location for information pertatining to theses and dissertations at UCF. It is not intended to replace guidance and requirements provided by your advisor or the College of Graduate Studies.

To find the info you need, simply select the appropriate tab above. Specific pages are available as menu options from each tab.

If you have any questions about this guide or have suggestions for content, please email .


Distribution Opportunities for UCF Theses and Dissertations

UCF graduate students' electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) will are made available to a wide audience through freely accessible databases. With the proliferation of metadata harvesting techniques, student works can be easily featured on national and international databases such as the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). In addition, UCF ETDs can be made available to web crawlers to show up in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Benefits of the changes include:

  • UCF theses and dissertations will be made available to a wider audience than the current structure allows
  • All information will be under the control of UCF instead of outside entities
  • Information will be better prepared for additional future access opportunities

Students may opt to contribute their thesis or dissertation to additional repositories including fee-based (ProQuest/UMI) or free (Open Thesis, Internet Archive’s Text Archive, subject specific repositories) alternatives. Individual colleges or schools may continue to require that students submit their dissertation to ProQuest/UMI, which is a separate process from the University’s online submission, but it will no longer be required by the university.


Where will my ETD go?

As of Fall 2010, the metadata for UCF theses and dissertations will be harvestable from an ETD web site maintained by the UCF Libraries, ensuring wider distribution. Your ETD file(s) will physically reside at the Florida Virtual Campus and a link to your ETD will be made available dependent on your chosen method of distribution.  The metadata, the citation information you submit about yourself and your ETD as well as your abstract, will be made available to the following sites: 
  • UCF Libraries’ catalog
  • WorldCat
  • NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)
  • Search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, etc.

For more information about accessing ETDs, go to the Searching for T&Ds page.



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