West Virginia University Institutional Repository: Transforming Knowledge and Research

About WVU ETDs


ETD Facts 2009

Statistics | NDLTD | Task Force | ETD Policies


West Virginia University implemented a policy in 1998 that all master’s theses and doctoral dissertations are required to be submitted electronically. This means that WVU no longer will accept print copies of theses and dissertations. Electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) contribute to worldwide graduate education and unlock the underutilized results of graduate education for the scholarly community.

The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation initiative at WVU has several purposes, including helping students in their careers, helping other learners and researchers, and making available many scholarly works that were previously inaccessible or available only through inter-library loan. The main goals of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation initiative are:

  • for graduate students to learn about electronic publishing and digital libraries, applying that knowledge as they engage in their research and build and submit their own ETDs,
  • for universities to learn about digital libraries, as they collect, catalog, archive, and make ETDs accessible to scholars worldwide,
  • for universities to learn how to unlock the potential of their intellectual property and products,
  • for graduate education to improve through more effective sharing, and
  • for technology and knowledge sharing to accelerate, as graduate research results become more readily and more completely available.



Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

West Virginia University is a charter member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international consortium, in collaboration with other academic institutions. The NDLTD, originated at Virginia Tech, helps its member institutions share information on successful ETD implementation practices. The NDLTD is a non-profit charitable organization which presently has over 100 dues-paying members and historically has had thousands of affiliate university members world-wide. Information on the NDLTD is available at http://www.ndltd.org/.

Information on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

  • General information on Electronic Theses and Dissertations at WVU and collection access is available online at http://www.wvu.edu/~thesis/.
  • ETD submission information and format guidance is offered by the University Libraries’ Guide to the Preparation of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.
  • ETD technical assistance is offered by the Office of Information Technology and is available by email, appointment, or clinic and workshop attendance.

    Once a student has successfully defended the thesis or dissertation, they submit the ETD online. The ETD is submitted in the form of one or more computer files in Adobe Acrobat format. This file form retains all formatting information about a document, while providing an electronic structure which allows multi-media information to be viewed on any computer. The Portable Document Format (or .PDF format) is generated using Adobe software from the file that the student creates with a word processor.

    Once the ETD files are ready, they are submitted electronically through a web page that the student fills in with information on the thesis.



WVU ETD / Institutional Repository Task Force

The Institutional Repository Task Force at WVU has several purposes, including helping the members of the WVU community promote their careers, assisting learners and researchers within and external to WVU, and making available many scholarly works that were previously inaccessible.

  • Sandy Baldwin, Department of English – Center for Literary Computing (Director) – Eberly College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sara Bishop, Office of Information Technology (Assistant Director, Information Systems)
  • Harry Boone, Department of Resource Management (Professor) – College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences
  • Jonathan Cumming, Office of Graduate Education (Assistant Vice President for Graduate Education)
  • Molly Dolan, University Libraries (Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication Librarian)
  • Daniel Ferreras, Department of Foreign Languages (Associate Professor) – Eberly College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kathy Fletcher, Office of Information Technology (Manager, Training and Publication Services – Technical Support Services)
  • Monte Maxwell, University Libraries (Development Representative)
  • Frances Van Scoy, Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering (Professor) / WVU Center for Vision Enhancement Technology (Director) – College of Engineering & Mineral Resources


Thesis and Dissertation Policies

WVU Policy on Electronic Theses and Dissertations

At WVU, all dissertations written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for any doctorate degree conferred by the University, and all theses written in partial fulfillment of the requirements of any master’s degree conferred by the University must ordinarily be filed electronically with the WVU Library system according to its procedures for such filing. Exceptions to filing electronically must be approved by the Office of the Provost. Copyright to electronic theses and dissertations is subject to the appropriate provisions of the WVU Copyright Policy. The original historic ETD policy has been archived . The current WVU ETD policy is available online by clicking here.


Effective 1998

West Virginia University is a charter member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. All dissertations written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for any doctorate degree conferred by the University, and all theses written in partial fulfillment of the requirements of any master’s degree conferred by the University must ordinarily be filed electronically with the WVU Library system according to its procedures for such filing. Exceptions to filing electronically must be approved by the Office of the Provost.