Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD)

The Ohio State University Graduate School, the Ohio State University Libraries, and OhioLINK are providing the opportunity for theses and dissertations to be submitted and archived in electronic format instead of the traditional print and mircroform copies. This page is a collection of links to provide information to faculty and students considering this format.

Assitance with Converting to PDF

Visit a campus computer lab or contact Danny Dotson at dotson.77@osu.edu for assistnce with converting your thesis or dissertation to PDF - or try this handout.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional to convert to PDF and to use advanced editing features.  Adobe Acrobat Reader will not convert to PDF.

Searching for Dissertations

Ohio State University Graduate School

The Graduate School is the primary contact for information.  They set the standards and make the final decisions.  Tim Watson, Director of Graduate School Graduation Services, is the primary contact person for ETD questions.

Information about Submitting Theses and Dissertations from the Graduate School

OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center

OhioLINK web site hosts the ETDs created at OSU as well as other Ohio universities.  You can browse other dissertations already submitted.


Submission Form - This is the form you must complete in order to submit your electronic thesis or dissertation to the OhioLINK Center and the OSU Graduate School.

OSCAR and the catalog record of your ETD - once your ETD is approved by the Graduate School, the Cataloging Department of OSU Libraries will catalog your ETD using information from the submission form you complete at the beginning.  There will be a link from OSCAR to your ETD.

OSU ETD Student Help Page

Handout on converting Word to pdf.

Browse or search the OhioLINK ETD Library. An excellent source for  information and examples.

Information from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations about about publishers and copyright.

Also contact the OSU Graduate School for more information.

Links with more information about Adobe

Information from Adobe about ETDs - This site has information on ETDs and a link to a tutorial on basic and advanced options for creating a PDF.

Planet PDF is a comprehensive, popular and independent Web site exclusively  focused on Adobe Acrobat/PDF users and uses. They also offer many free tools and useful plug-ins  for Acrobat.

Multimedia Issues

Contact  Tim Watson, Director of Graduate School Graduation Services for more information


Where do I go when I'm ready to submit my ETD?

OhioLINK ETD Submission page


Contacts for help

PDF assistance and general how to information:
Danny Dotson, Mathematical Sciences Librarian
Science and Engineering Library
175 W. 18th Ave.
phone 688-0053
e-mail dotson.77@osu.edu

Graduate School
Tim Watson, Director of Graduate School Graduation Services
Graduate School Office
247 University Hall,
phone 247-7292.
e-mail watson.11@osu.edu

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

OSU through OhioLINK is a member of the larger NDLTD.  By connecting to this site you can see other universities who are members and also browse in the library to view ETDs.
NDLTD Member page
NDLTD Information Page


Virginia Tech's ETD Site

Virginia Tech ETD Initiative
 VT is the leader in the ETD world.  Much of the content this site is taken from their site.