Electronic theses: their production, management and use.

Susan Copeland


This article presents the findings of a research visit to
the USA which was undertaken, in 1998, to assess the
production, management and use of electronic theses at
Virginia Polytechnic lnstitute and State University
(Virgin ia Tech.).The activities there, and the achievements
of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and
Dissertations (NDLTD) project, are contrasted with the
efforts of the UniversityTheses Online Group (UTOG)
in the UK. A year on from the visit, the electronic theses
at VirginiaTech. are being consulted more than before. ln
contrast, in the UK, interest still appears to be limited.
This article aims to demonstrate the value of producing
theses in electronic format, to discuss what is required in
order to achieve an acceptance of electronic theses,and
to encourage further work in this area.


electronic theses; NDLTD;

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