On the Cutting Edge: Electronic Theses and Dissertations

For the past 6 months, staffs in the Graduate School and the Baylor Libraries have been working to implement Baylor University’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations collection. Graduate students now submit an electronic copy of their dissertation or thesis to BEARdocs (http://beardocs.baylor.edu) and to University Microfilms, Inc. (submission to UMI required for dissertations and optional for theses).

There are a number of significant advantages for this new procedure:

• Baylor dissertations and theses can be found via Google, OAISter (http://www.oaister.org), or other Internet search engines.

• The full text of these theses and dissertations are completely accessible, unless the author has requested access be restricted.

• The full text of each dissertation and thesis will be searchable.

• The Graduate School’s and Libraries’ management processes associated with dissertations and theses have been streamlined.

• The Libraries will manage the preservation of these electronic documents.

During the fall semester, 36 dissertations and theses went through this new process and will be available in the new Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection in BEARdocs (https://beardocs.baylor.edu/handle/2104/464) once the cataloging process has been completed. These theses and dissertations will continue to be cataloged in BearCat and available through Proquest Digital Dissertations.

For questions about collections in BEARdocs or the new Electronic Theses and Dissertations project, e-mail Billie_Peterson@baylor.edu or call 254.710.2344.

Billie Peterson-Lugo
Electronic Library