Benefits of ETDs
In addition to the many resources available, the benefits for students using the ETD process are manifold:
- The ETD program makes the entire process more efficient and as a result faster, due to our online file management system called the Thesis Development System (TDS), our easy-to-use templates, and full-time support.
- It's a free student service!
- Students may take advantage of the opportunity to express their research results in more flexible and creative ways.
- More exposure for students and faculty, which can lead to opportunities such as book offers and a much higher citation rate.
- Students can submit their work at any time and from any computer with Internet access. Depositing into UNB Scholar is possible even after students have left campus to start work.
- The process of creating ETDs improves students' IT skills that can be beneficial to them when looking for jobs.
- Theses and dissertations will be accessible to the world instantly in an academically-accredited online repository.
- Multimedia and web-native dissertations will be more widely accepted and better preserved.
- Other supplementary digital data can be preserved alongside digital dissertations if submitting to UNB Scholar.
- When submitting to UNB Scholar, students will be given a permanent URL (or URI), which contains their name, thesis/dissertation title, abstract, keywords, PDF and XML version of their work, and any supplementary files they require. This allows students to have a permanent, online reference.
- Theses will be more readily available to potential employers and other researchers to read and cite.
- Research supervisors can encourage their students to produce their research findings in more diverse and more appropriate ways that otherwise wouldn't be possible on paper.
- With thesis and dissertations readily available online, faculty and staff have an easy and powerful demonstration of what their departments and research units are accomplishing.
- Research supervisors can access theses from other institutions easily in order to compare and contrast styles and standards of student work, which can help to improve the methods of graduate programs.
- Increased levels of use of the material produced at a particular university can help to promote the research profile of the institution.
- The amount of staff time spent retrieving and re-shelving hard-copy theses will be decreased significantly.
- If submitted to UNB Scholar, students and researchers that need access to a thesis do not have to travel to a library and sign out a paper copy on a short-term basis.
- It will improve graduate education through more effective sharing: Search engines, such as Google, will be able to find your thesis from UNB Scholar.
- Easily discoverable and available openly to the world; a surprising number of people find graduate research valuable, contributing to the academic world.
If you have any further questions concerning ETDs, please visit the contact section so we can direct you to the appropriate person.
General Information on ETDs
Students should cite ETDs as they would any other electronic document.
- For APA, see: http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.html
- For MLA, see: http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/cite5.html
- Purdue University offers a page with links for other styles. See: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_docelectric.html
Plagiarism and ETDs
Plagiarism is a risk faced by all authors. Students will continue to have the same legal recourse whether their dissertation is available electronically or in hard copy. ETD files do not require any security settings on the PDF copy (passwords should not be required to open the document). In the Security feature of Adobe Acrobat, checking the box titled "No Content Copying or Extraction, Disable Accessibility" will prevent a user from copying text and graphics from their PDF file; however, it will also disable the accessibility interface. [Source: Oregon State University]
Students will retain copyrights to their work just as they would a hard copy. To best describe this, here is a quote:
'The general rule of ownership is stated in the Copyright Act as the following: "Subject to this Act, the author of a work shall be the first owner of the c copyright therein."'(Canadian Copyright Law, 3rd ed., Lesley Ellen Harris, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 2001, page 81)
'The author and first owner of any paper, dissertation or other work prepared for school courses and degree programs is the author of the work, i.e., the student preparing the paper, dissertation, etc.'(Canadian Copyright Law, 3rd ed., Lesley Ellen Harris, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 2001, page 88)
'All "written" documents, whether prepared for internal or external purposes whether in draft of final form, whether in print or in digital form, are protected by copyright. In fact, each draft of a document may be separately protected by copyright. This includes papers and dissertations, and other school assignments prepared by students as part of course or degree work.' (Canadian Copyright Law, 3rd ed., Lesley Ellen Harris, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, 2001, page 59)
For further detailed information, please talk to your supervisor or department head.