VT Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Role of the Library

University Libraries will do all the traditional things and more with this new form of theses and dissertations; we'll catalog, store, and provide access! You have access ALL DAY, EVERY DAY to all Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) approved by the Graduate School. The one you want is always on the (electronic) shelf, never checked-out. You can find it by searching VTLS (the library's only catalog), or you can go to the library's VT ETD Web page and browse the list of available titles or search by keyword or phrase. Every ETD title page and abstract will be indexed and available on through the Internet on the World Wide Web at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/

Once an ETD is approved by the Graduate School, the University Libraries will

After being cataloged, ETDs will into full public access on the Internet.

UMI is notified (via e-mail) when each new ETD is available. UMI will

How to access VT ETDs:

Select an ETD and the title page and abstract is downloaded and displayed on your computer screen. If you like what you see, point-and-click on "full text" to display the whole document (a PDF [Portable Document Format] file).

ETDs are available only as PDF files and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

There are lots of places to access ETDs in Newman Library

Copyright and Fair Use

United States Copyright Law:   Title 17 of US Code

Sect. 106 protects an original expression as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form--including RAM. The author of an original work is the copyright holder and has exclusive rights protected by this law.

The author of an original work is the copyright holder whether they put the symbol or warning on the work or not.

ETD authors share with the University so that, if in the future the copyright law changes, we can still provide access. Authors retain their full rights as the copyright holder.

Why register a copyright?

Sect. 107 describes fair use as it applies to teaching, scholarship, and research, among other things-- educational use alone is not enough to qualify for fair use.

Sect. 108 includes provisions for libraries to provide access to works that are copyright protected.

Comments, questions, concerns? Contact Gail McMillan, director, Scholarly Communications Project, University Libraries, Virginia Tech


created May 13, 1996
updated July 7, 1996