Looking out ETDs (at SILS and universally)

Brad Hemminger, 5/7/04

As a lot of you might be conscious, we’ve developed a digital library

right here at SILS to carry the digital variations of our Grasp’s Papers

and dissertations. Digital theses and dissertations are referred

to as ETDs. The digital library at SILS for ETDs is known as

“SILS-ETD”. As earlier than, paper copies are maintained by the SILS

library. We are attempting to make these SILS merchandise (our theses and

dissertations) very seen and simply accessible. There are

a number of methods to entry these supplies. I’ve summarized them

under in your info. One of many thrilling current modifications is

that our Grasp’s Papers are much more seen, being accessible

by way of free and universally obtainable search interfaces that

harvest Open Archives Initiative digital repositories like ours, and

by serps like Google, which have listed the full-text

papers. The primary week after we would arrange full-text looking, one

of my college students obtained an e mail from a pupil in Australia who had

found her grasp’s paper, and was enthusiastic about how related it

was to their analysis work.

For now we simply have Grasp’s Papers integrated, so I’ll solely

handle them. There are a number of mechanisms, described under, for

looking the metadata, and in addition to the complete textual content. The UNC

campus is planning emigrate to digital theses and dissertations

in about 2 years. Our digital library (SILS-ETD) at SILS is enjoying

an necessary function because the test-bed for the UNC campus. SILS-ETD has

offered invaluable expertise for the campus planning group earlier than it

embarks on ETDs campus-wide. Extra info on ETDs could be discovered

at http://ils.unc.edu/bmh/etd.

Looking out ETDs:

For metadata searches of our Grasp’s Papers, the gold normal is

the SILS Library interface. The database comprises quotation data

for SILS Grasp’s Papers from 1963 onwards, and full-text digital

variations starting with 1999 ahead. The library exports the

metadata, making the data obtainable by way of sources comparable to

Library Literature. This useful resource is offered through the Davis

Library (http://eresources.lib.unc.edu/eid/checklist.php?letter=L ), and

most public libraries have entry by way of NCLive. One may also

instantly search the SILS-ETD digital archive which holds the papers

(Grasp’s Paper are publicly obtainable as quickly as they’re accredited

by our college). SILS-ETD comprises papers from spring 2004 ahead.

The SILS Library database comprises the identical info, and has

been vetted by the Library workers, so is a more sensible choice for

looking by metadata. A extra world search of all publicly

obtainable ETDs (together with ours) could be accomplished through the Networked

Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). An much more

world search is feasible through an Open Archives Initiative compliant

harvester. These would have entry to ETDs (most are revealed through

OAI now) in addition to all different OAI publicly revealed supplies. A

native instance is my analysis lab’s NeoRef search interface, and a

extra polished instance is the College of Michigan’s OAIster.

For full-text looking, normal Google searches embrace our

Grasp’s Papers. To look solely our Grasp’s Papers, nonetheless, I

suggest utilizing the full-text Google search we have setup that limits

the search to simply our SILS digital theses and dissertations

(from 1999 ahead).

Full Textual content Searches:

SILS-ETD: http://etd.ils.unc.edu/fulltext (makes use of Google)

Metadata searches:

SILS Library: http://ils.unc.edu/mpi/

SILS-ETD: http://etd.ils.unc.edu:8080/dspace/

NDLTD: http://rocky.dlib.vt.edu/~etdunion/cgi-bin/index.pl

(OCLC Union Catalog, common ETDs)

NeoRef: http://neoref.ils.unc.edu/search/index.jsp

(common OAI repositories)

OAIster: http://oaister.umdl.umich.edu/o/oaister/

I would like acknowledge Mao Ni, Jackson Fox, Trish Losi, Marisa Rameriz,

Lucia Zonn, Rebecca Vargha, and Scott Adams for his or her contributions

to this undertaking. The scholars had been funded by CRADLE fellowships and

the NeoRef undertaking. Contact Dr. Hemminger when you’re fascinated by

analysis on this space.

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