As we become more dependent on technology, access to scholarly works is increasing. The Graduate School is committed to providing new ways to support the creativity and innovation of our scholars. To this end, the Graduate School, in collaboration with University Libraries, began a pilot program for the submission and approval of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) in Fall 2004.
This site provides all of the necessary resources for preparing ETDs. For official university regulations regarding submission procedures and deadline dates, see the Graduate School Calendar and Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Specifications.
The end product of converting a thesis/dissertation to PDF (Portable Document Format) should consist of one PDF file. DO NOT turn in a separate PDF file for each chapter, or for each item in the dissertation (abstract, etc.). The only extra files permitted are multimedia files, such as audio or visual files. If you have such files, create a folder in which you will place these files and the dissertation text PDF file.
Adobe Acrobat publishing capability is available in two labs: UMC 138 and Norlin M350. All Mac labs have Acrobat as well. When using a computer outside of these labs, Adobe Acrobat software must be used to convert the files from these applications to PDFs. The educational version of Adobe Acrobat is available from the CU Book Store, in both Mac and Windows versions, for under $100. Note that Adobe Acrobat Reader software, available for free download from Adobe, does not have the capability to convert documents to PDF; it can only read them.
When using one of the designated computers from the labs listed above, students can use any application (Word, Excel, Photoshop, etc) to create their dissertation. Then go to File–Print to print the document. In the print dialog window, select the “save as PDF” option, and the file will be saved in the Portable Document Format.
Please make sure that you check over the final PDF document before you submit it. Do not assume that if the final Word document was correct, the PDF file will be correct. In particular, look at charts, graphs, and any graphics files you imported into your document, and look for correct conversions of unusual fonts and diacritical marks such as accents.