May 30th, 2002
Move over, Book-of-the-Month Club. The WVU electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) collection has been accessed more than 2.1 million times since inception.
Implemented as a requirement in August 1998, the ETD Initiative has several purposes, including helping students promote their careers, assisting learners and researchers within and outside WVU, and making available many scholarly works that were
Notable collection statistics include:
* WVU ETDs are accessed 145,000 times more than their printed counterparts
* There are more than 1,300 documents in the WVU ETD collection
* The most popular WVU ETD has been accessed more than 15,000 times since January 2001
* WVU ETDs are accessed in more than 93 countries
* Access to the WVU ETD research documents has grown at an exponential rate, making it the most popular collection on and off campus
* There are a growing number of interesting WVU ETD multimedia submissions
* More than 70 percent of WVU ETDs are available worldwide on the Web (Note: Campus-restricted ETDs are still available through the Inter-Library Loan program)
* WVU ETDs are transforming West Virginia’s economy by providing research access to the world
Additional program information and collection access can be found at http://www.wvu.edu/~thesis/ or by contacting John H. Hagen, University Libraries, at John.Hagen@mail.wvu.edu.