APA For Novices Appendix : Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) | Part 5

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) | Part 5

Creation and Submission

The electronic submission will be in the form of a PDF (portable document format) file. With a little technical knowledge (or a good deal of courage), you can handle it.

  • Converting to PDF: You can create the document on any word processor that will allow you to output to a print file. Microsoft Word is the most popular, but Claris Works or Corel Word Perfect work just as well. Documents prepared on this kind of system convert easily to PDF format using the full version of Adobe Acrobat. This software retains all formatting, provides capacity for multimedia, and allows multiple files to be consolidated into one if necessary. (On Adobe Acrobat go to Combining Multiple PDF Documents).
    Harold B. Lee Library: The Information Commons in the General Reference area has 28 computers with Adobe Acrobat 6, which is what you will need. To ensure availability when you want it, make reservations on the HBLL website.
    OIT product training classroom labs: These labs, located in Rooms 63 and 64 of the KMB, can be used by graduate students when classes are not using them. Schedules can be found near their doors.
  • Bookmarks: You need to include bookmarks so that readers can easily navigate your document. Bookmarks will probably be generated automatically as you convert to PDF form. If they are not, check the section Working with Bookmarks in Adobe Acrobat 6 for instructions to put them in manually.
  • Submission: Submit your document electronically with an ETD Submission Form, available online at the BYU ETD website (http://etd.byu.edu). The Submission Web Page gives important details on the process.

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