This third developmental phase is being conducted by the Scholarly Communications Project in cooperation with the Graduate School and the Computer Science Department. Please direct your comments and questions about library processes and public access to Gail McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-9252.
Who will have access to ETDs (electronic theses and
The Libraries are providing unrestricted access to Virginia Tech ETDs. Anyone with Internet access and a World Wide Web browser (we recommend Netscape 2.0 or higher) will be able to read, print, and download these materials. There are also Internet workstations available throughout University Libraries and the Virginia Tech campus with the requisite software.
How can I find an electronic thesis or dissertation?
Direct access through the Web is at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/theses.html. From this screen you can select to browse the list of currently available ETDs or you can initiate a search by entering one or more words.
In addition, ETDs can be found through the Libraries online catalog, VTLS. Standard searches by author (a/Childress), title (t/odb/Tools Project Report), and keyword or phrase (among other things) will locate ETDs. Then "copy" the URL (Uniform Resource Locator, i.e., the Internet address) from the bibliographic record and "paste" it into a Web browser, to get directly to an ETD.
Will ETDs be available only to people who have their own Internet
No. Workstations are currently available in the Newman Library Media Center (second floor) and in computer labs on the Virginia Tech campus. From these stations, people can download to their diskettes and print through networked printers--usually at cost.
Will these materials be limited only to online/Internet
Yes. The library will not be receiving paper copies or microfilm copies to add to the shelves of Newman, branch libraries, or the Storage facility. UMI plans to continue providing microfilm copies of ETDs.
How are materials prepared for ETDs?
Authors prepare their theses, etc. using word processors and other software packages they deem appropriate. The document is translated to Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files which retain all the features of the original work. The finished thesis, approved by the student's committee, is submitted to the Graduate School which forwards it to the University Libraries for cataloging and public access through the World Wide Web.
In addition to text, ETDs can include graphics (still and animated), as well as digital audio and video data. These can be prepared using various file formats (e.g., PostScript, MOOV, PICS, AIFF, etc.) and converted to PDF for submission to the Graduate School. In addition, Acrobat Exchange (software) can be used throughout the ETD preparation stages to ease communication with the graduate student's committee so that conversion to PDF is not an extra step, but has ben integral to the preparation of the work. Software and equipment are available to the public in the Newman Library's New Media Center and elsewhere on campus.
Why are graduate students required to use Acrobat PDF?
Portable Document Format means that the files are platform independent, that is, readers will get the same document whether they are using Macs or DOS/Widows machines. In addition, authors have control of how their documents display and, therefore, print, and readers cannot change that look as they now can with many document available on the World Wide Web.
The Newman Library Media Center, in addition to various
computer labs on
campus (e.g., Hillcrest 2, McBryde 126, and Wallace 342), has the
appropriate equipment, Internet connections, and software, including the
Adobe Acrobat Reader. There are also workstations available near the
Newman Library Reserve Desk.
Break and holiday hours will vary.
Monday-Thursday........8 am - 11:45 pm
Friday................................8 am - 8:45 pm
Saturday..........................11 am - 8:45 pm
Sunday.............................11 am - 11:45 pm
However, access to Virginia Tech's theses, dissertations, special reports, technical reports are not limited to campus computer labs. With an Internet connection, a World Wide Web browser (such as Netscape), and Acrobat Reader (it's free on the Internet), anyone can access ETDs.
To get a Web browser click on the one you want: Netscape or Mosaic.
To get Acrobat Reader, download it from the Scholarly Communications Project's ETD home page.
You must have Acrobat Reader to read, to print, and to download to diskette any PDF file, including Virginia Tech's ETDs.
Below there is also information about how to configure your computer so that the Acrobat Reader will activate whenever you request an PDF file. Opening the Acrobat Reader for individual files--different from automatically invoking the Reader whenever an Acrobat file is accessed-- can also be done from the Apple tool bar. See below How to Read an ETD using a Mac.
Access the list of available ETDs at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/temp-list. html.
If the Web browser you are using has not been configured to automatically launch the Acrobat Reader, when you click on a title you will get gobbledygook until this file is brought into the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
To launch the Acrobat Reader for a single document:
From the Apple tool bar
Select Acrobat Reader from the upper right hand corner of the Apple tool bar.
Click here for instructions on configuring your system to automatically launch the Acrobat Reader whenever you choose to access a PDF file.
Fair Use Guidelines
Display the file (all or a portion of which) you want to print.
Copies: 1 Pages: _X_All
Copies: 3 Pages: _X_ From: _6_ To: _7_
The portion of the Acrobat document you highlighted will appear in the body of the document. The formatting has changed somewhat (for example, some paragraph-like breaks and blank lines may be missing), but the content is there.
Fair Use Guidelines
Insert a formatted diskette into the Mac.
With the Netscape Web browser, access ETDs at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/templist.html.
Displayed files will be "saved" to the diskette named in the Temporary Directory.
Fair Use Guidelines
updated May 15, 1996