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About the RTD Project

Calling all UCF thesis and dissertation authors!

The University of Central Florida Libraries invites you to join an exciting project to extend the reach of UCF's graduate research publications. There are over 5,000 theses and dissertations that were published only in print, and therefore, reach a very limited audience.  By receiving permission to digitize and post these works online, these works can be used by researchers around the world, showing the excellence of scholarship at the University of Central Florida since the first theses were published in 1972.

Why should I get involved?

Theses and dissertations are commonly used as the basis for research around the world and are popular requests from other libraries and their patrons. While today's theses and dissertations are published electronically to provide researchers and fellow students with ready access to scholarly materials, many works submitted at UCF before 2004 are only available as print copies on our libraries' shelves.

How can I help?

With the assistance of UCF thesis and dissertation authors like you, we can begin to transform our print collection of UCF graduate student authored theses and dissertations into a digital collection with unlimited worldwide access. If you published a thesis or dissertation prior to Fall of 2004, please consider allowing us to add your work to the growing digital collection of UCF graduate student publications.

Will it cost me anything?

No. All work will be performed by the University of Central Florida Libraries. However, your permission to reproduce and display your work is invaluable.

What do I need to do?

Simply provide the UCF Libraries with a nonexclusive right to reproduce and post your thesis or dissertation by following the instructions for the Internet Distribution Consent Agreement.

What if I have questions, comments, or concerns?

Please feel free to contact the RTD Project Coordinator, Kerri Bottorff by email at kerri.bottorff@ucf.edu. Kristine Shrauger (407-823-5422 or Kristine.Shrauger@ucf.edu ) or Lee Dotson (407-823-1236 or Lee.Dotson@ucf.edu ) would also be happy to discuss the project with you in greater detail.

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