Advantages of Electronic Theses

There are many advantages associated with electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) submission:

Increased access to research:

  • Greater exposure to and availability of graduate research
  • Available in full text to potential employers and other researchers
  • Are accessible from anywhere at any time
  • One ETD can have multiple users simultaneously

Cost and space savings:

  • No need to print, copy and bind paper theses; digital copies are much cheaper to produce than traditional paper bound versions
  • Do not need storage space in libraries

Additional advantages:

  • Theses can be submitted from anywhere in the world
  • Students learn about electronic document preparation and digital libraries
  • Theses are searchable through the UBC Library catalogue, UBC Library cIRcle, Library and Archives Canada's Theses Canada Portal, and Google

More information about electronic theses and dissertations:

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)