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Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Evie Garcia, PhD

Good News for Thesis and Dissertation Students

What's Happening?

For the first time in the university’s history, all NAU theses and dissertations will be submitted electronically online via the NAU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) website beginning this term, Fall 2011.

An ETD is an electronic version of a thesis or dissertation. In general it is the same product as a paper thesis or dissertation, only in electronic form.

Theses and dissertations will be submitted via NAU to the publisher we have been using for many years, ProQuest/UMI, the world's only comprehensive service for publishing, archiving, and disseminating graduate research.

 

The Top 10 Reasons I Should Care

10. It’s cheaper! Realize an estimated savings of at least $300 compared to previous requirements that included the costs of top grade paper, copies, binding, mailing, and publication fees.

9. It’s flexible! Students can submit 24/7 from anywhere in the world with an internet connection!

8. It’s greener! Less paper (save the trees) and toner (fewer pollutants and waste materials). Live with the knowledge of having made the world a better place!

7. It’s hassle-free! Students no longer have to obtain original signatures for the title page from professors who (check one):

  • Are on sabbatical in Nepal so that materials must be delivered via llama.
  • Have left the university for a new job and are pretending that they do not know who you are.
  • Have the temerity to take a few days vacation right when you need a signature after having successfully procrastinated on completing the document for five years.

6. It’s convenient! You can submit your document at home in your pajamas and bunny slippers without exposing any living beings to your 3-day-old coffee breath.

5. It’s accessible! Your brilliant research, analysis, and writing will be electronically accessible to scholars all over the world so that you can get the world-wide recognition you so richly deserve!

4. It’s adaptable! The electronic format allows for creative possibilities via color diagrams, color images, hypertext links, audio, video, animation, spreadsheets, databases, simulations, etc., to be integrated into a document.

3. It's quicker! Theses and dissertations are more immediately accessible—publication occurs near the point of submission rather than many months later (as was the case with paper copies).

2. It’s secure! Your electronic work is safely stored! The ProQuest Digital Dissertations Database is designated as an official off-site repository of the Library of Congress. All dissertations and theses submitted to UMI Dissertation Publishing will enter the national collection. As bizarre as this sounds, it’s actually NOT a joke. (Additional information is available here.)

1. It’s mobile! You will be able to place a hyperlink to your thesis/dissertation on homepages and electronic CVs! Save on gifts for family and friends! Provide your loved ones with a link to your thesis or dissertation that can be stored on Facebook pages or other prominent sites.

 

When Should I Get Started?

Deadlines for submission, graduation, and other important dates are available online in the Graduate Academic Calendar on the Graduate College website.

During the semester that you plan to graduate, once you have completed your format check and successfully defended your thesis or dissertation, start the submission process. Do not delay!! There are strict deadlines to which you must adhere.

 

Where Can I Get More Information?

1. We have guides and frequently asked questions on the NAU Graduate College ETD information website.

2. The NAU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) submission website is where your document is submitted to the publisher, and it contains a great deal of information about the process.

3. The Graduate College will offer two more ETD workshops this fall, as well as additional workshops in the spring. If you will be ready to submit your document this semester, feel free to join us November 16 at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm in Ashurst, Room A109. Extended Campuses students can call in at (928) 523-9119.

Evie Garcia, Associate Dean

4. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, REAL OR IMAGINED, CONTACT THE ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE GRADUATE COLLEGE (unless you have a question).


Respectfully submitted,

Evie Garcia, PhD
Associate Dean of the Graduate College