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About Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations (RTDs) are scanned copies of theses and dissertations previously published only in print, and these can be either Honors in the Major or Graduate level works. 

For more information about the project or to learn about how to get your thesis or dissertation digitized, please visit the RTD or HIM 1990-2015 websites in STARS, read the FAQ, or contact the project coordinator.

Browse all UCF RTDs

Browse all graduate RTDs, both print and digitized

Browse all Honors in the Major RTDs, both print and digitized


Calling all UCF thesis and dissertation authors!

The University of Central Florida Libraries invites you to help us extend the reach of UCF's Graduate Theses and Dissertations and Honors Undergraduate Theses.  There are over 5,000 theses and dissertations that were published only in print, and therefore, reach a very limited audience.  By receiving permission to digitize and post these works online, these works can be used by researchers around the world, showing the excellence of scholarship at the University of Central Florida.

Why should I get involved?

Theses and dissertations, both graduate and undergraduate, are commonly used as the basis for research around the world. While today's theses and dissertations are published electronically and provide researchers and fellow students with ready access to scholarly materials, works completed at UCF before 2004 (graduate) and 2011 (undergraduate) are only available as print copies on our libraries' shelves.

How can I help?

With your assistance, we can begin to transform our print collection of student-authored theses and dissertations into a digital collection with unlimited worldwide access. If you published a thesis or dissertation in print, please consider allowing us to add your work to the growing digital collection.

Why do you need my permission?

We need your permission to scan and 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. If you don't know the copyright status of your work, just ask us.

Will it cost me anything?

No. We are not asking for any donations related to this project, we just ask your permission to reproduce and display your work online. All work will be performed by the staff of University of Central Florida Libraries.

What do I need to do?

Simply provide the UCF Libraries with a nonexclusive right to reproduce and distribute your thesis or dissertation by following the instructions on the Internet Distribution Consent Agreement.

Can I still post my thesis or dissertation to my own website?

In most cases, yes.  We are asking for nonexclusive rights, meaning you are giving us permission to use your work however you choose.

What if I have questions, comments, or concerns?

Please feel free to contact us at for more information.