Electronic Theses and Dissertations - Overlooked Academic Treasures
Sometimes the obvious eludes us. In the rush toward Open Access journals and databases, it is easy to overlook unique source material to which academic libraries have easy access, namely theses and dissertations.
Although NDLTD, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, provides access to many participating institutions' electronic theses repositories, including Caltech's, via the NDLTD Union Catalog, some gems fall through the cracks. Here is one such gem which I discovered yesterday.
- Quantum Information Theory By Michael Aaron Nielsen. DISSERTATION - Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy -- Physics, The University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, December 1998
Nielsen is affiliated with Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and co-author of the leading book on quantum computing, Quantum computation and quantum information / Michael A. Nielsen & Isaac L. Chuang (OCLC #43641333).
Basic background information on the international electronic thesis movement, which has UNESCO backing, is posted on the NDLTD website . Caltech's participation has been ongoing for three years. The first year depended upon voluntary submissions. The second complete graduating class of grad students for whom a mandatory electronic submission requirement applies are currently defending their theses ahead of a June Commencement.
Some recent articles on Caltech's ETD program:
- Coles, Betsy and Porter, George S. (2003) Smoothing the Transition to Mandatory Electronic Theses.
Douglas, Kimberly (2003) To Restrict or Not to Restrict Access: The PhD
Candidate's Intellectual Property Dilemma.
Douglas, Kimberly and Coles, Betsy and Porter, George and Van de Velde, Eric
(2003) Taking the Plunge: Requiring the ETD.
Sponsler, Ed (2001) PURR - The Persistent URL Resource Resolver.