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About Electronic Theses and Dissertations at the University of Maine

Overview
The ETD database and other finding aids
How to obtain copies of theses and dissertations


Overview

The University of Maine Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) project is a joint effort of Fogler Library and the Graduate School. Our goals are "to improve graduate education, increase sharing of knowledge, help universities build their information infrastructure, and extend the value of digital libraries," in keeping with those of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a national initiative of which the University of Maine is a member.

ETD Committee members are Deborah Rollins, Reference Librarian, Chair of the ETD Committee; Marilyn Lutz, Director of Information Technology Planning; Richard Hollinger, Head, Special Collections Department; Scott Delcourt, Director of the Graduate School.

 

The ETD database and other finding aids for theses and dissertations

There is not yet a single point of access for identification of all University of Maine theses and dissertations. There are several resources that may be used, depending on one's needs:

  • ETD database
  • URSUS (University of Maine System online catalog)
  • Honors College web site
  • Digital Dissertations database from UMI ProQuest

ETD database

The ETD database includes bibliographic records for over 2,000 University of Maine masters theses and doctoral dissertations from 1970 to present. Works may be retrieved by author, title, keyword, or department. 

For a very small percentage of theses and dissertations, the ETD database also provides abstracts and full text. Works that may be viewed in their entirety are indicated by a link to the full text from the abstract. Full text works are those that have been submitted in electronic format by students or those that have been retrospectively scanned as the library receives requests for copies. Starting in 2001, Fogler Library began systematically scanning the full text of all theses and dissertations received for inclusion in the ETD database. In some cases full text access may be restricted due to pending third-party publication or patent applications. The library plans to retrospectively scan requested works at some time in the future, with the exception of the doctoral dissertations that are already available from UMI Proquest Online Dissertation Services (see below). 

Electronic submission of theses and dissertations is required by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Spatial and Information Science; it is not required by other departments and colleges at the University of Maine. 

URSUS 

In general, URSUS and the ETD database will contain the same bibliographic records for theses and dissertations. However, there may be a slight time lag in updating one or the other, depending upon the format in which the original document was received. Fogler Library is in the process of cataloging all theses prior to 1987 in URSUS. Works may be retrieved by author, title, keyword, subject, and department/college. To identify works by department/college, enter the name and degree year as a TITLE search, e.g. "Education 1993."

Digital Dissertations database

University of Maine doctoral dissertations (but NOT masters theses) may also be identified by searching Digital Dissertations, a commercial database from UMI that covers works from the United States and Europe. 


How to obtain copies of theses and dissertations

Viewing

Print copies of most University of Maine honors theses, masters theses, and doctoral dissertations are located in the Special Collections Department of Fogler Library. Theses and dissertations can be viewed in the Department. Some theses and dissertations may be viewed online in full-text PDF format in the ETD database. Current University of Maine cardholders may view UM doctoral dissertations in PDF from 1997 to present in the Digital Dissertations database. 

Interlibrary Loan

Print copies of University of Maine doctoral dissertations held at Fogler Library are not loaned through Interlibrary Loan. They must be purchased from UMI, unless they are available full-text in the ETD database. See information about how to order by phone or online at UMI's Online Dissertation Services

Print copies of University of Maine masters theses may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, for in-library use at the borrowing library. 

Purchase

Doctoral dissertations may be purchased from UMI in print, microform, and digital formats, unless they are available full-text in the ETD database. See information about how to order by phone or online at UMI's Online Dissertation Services

Masters and honors theses may be purchased from the Special Collections Department at the cost of 15 cents per page plus shipping/handling. Payment is expected in advance, with checks made out to University of Maine. For more information, or to submit a request, contact:

Special Collections
5729 Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5729
(207) 581-1686
spc@umit.maine.edu