Electronic theses and dissertations: promoting ‘hidden’ research.
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COPELAND, S., 2011. Electronic theses and dissertations: promoting ‘hidden’ research. In: R. RIKOWSKI, ed. Digitisation perspectives. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. Pp. 103-113.
Since the 1990s an increasing number of higher education institutions and research-related organisations have been encouraging the submission of theses and dissertations in electronic format. The transition from print theses and dissertations to ETDs was initially slow but many universities are now developing institutional repositories and encouraging researchers to make their work available on open access. This article considers the concerns and benefits of making theses accessible via the Internet, the sources of advice available, the training needed and the policies and procedures involved in establishing an ETD collection.