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Welcome to the starting point for technical information about the ETD database and its open source software that enables submission, approval, cataloging, and access. This site includes development and implementation resources as well as help files and frequently asked questions--with answers.

Kimberli Weeks
Technical Director, Digital Library and Archives

About the ETD-db

The ETD database software is a series of Web pages and perl scripts that interact with a MySQL database. These scripts provide a standard interface for Web users and researchers to access ETDs, for authors to submit their ETDs, as well as for graduate school and library personnel to manage the files and metadata for auniversity's collection of electronic theses and dissertations.

The ETD database (ETD-db) was developed at Virginia Tech as a joint project between the Graduate School, the Digital Library and Archives (a division of the University Libraries), and the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). The software was developed Anthony Atkins based on the foundation laid by James Powell, and is currently maintained by Paul Mather. ETD-db is open source software freely available to members of the NDLTD.

For more technical information about ETD-db, please see the Developer Links below and visit our ETD developer pages.

Public Links

Browse the VT ETD-db
Peruse by author or department the database of available ETDs.

Search the ETD-db
Query the database of available ETDs.

Author Links

Help for authors.
General and page-specific information for graduate students using the submission process to add their ETDs to the database.

Log In
Submit a new ETD or modify a previously uploaded ETD.

Staff Links

A username and password are required to use these links

Review Submitted ETDs
Evaluate, modify, delete, and approve submitted ETDs.

Manage Available ETDs
Modify, delete, and change the availability of available ETDs.

Manage Withheld ETDs
Modify, delete, and release withheld ETDs.

Catalog New ETDs

Developer Links

ETD database development

Resources for developers at universities implementing their ETD databases. Includes information about the technologies used to implement the ETD-db. Also includes software and hardware requirements as well as instructions for downloading and installing a local copy of the ETD-db software.