APA For Novices Appendix : Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) | Part 1

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) | Part 1

If you like the benefits, challenges, and prestige of electronic systems (and if you're not too worn out from all of the other preparation/submission hassles), you may want to submit your thesis or dissertation as an ETD. Sophisticated graphics, animation, and sound can be included in an ETD submission if you feel that your product will be enhanced. However, ETD submission is not required if you feel that your schedule (and your sanity) may be compromised.

Complete information on preparation and submission of ETDs should be obtained on the ETD website. As with the Graduate Studies formats explained earlier in this appendix, basics from the site will be abbreviated and summarized here in order to help you in making a use decision and in getting started. As you complete the work, you will need to have the original documents easily accessible.

Benefits of an ETD

  • Research can be more creatively and sometimes more accurately presented. The following enhancements can be integrated into your work:
    • databases
    • spreadsheets
    • color diagrams and images
    • audio
    • video
    • simulation
    • animation


  • The thesis or dissertation is accessible world wide. Scholars, researchers, sympathizers, and even potential employers can view it easily.
  • By going through the preparation and submission processes, a graduate student learns how to go through them, thus becoming a member of the worldwide community of information scholars.
  • Last but still significant, the university library is able to record and store ETDs more easily and more economically than hard documents.