Scholarly Communications is an interdisciplinary field of librarianship that facilitates the dissemination of academic research by fostering emerging communication technologies while reducing legal barriers to access.
Defending a dissertation is a major scholarly milestone. The Electronic Theses and Dissertations repository at Vanderbilt University ensures that your intellectual work will receive wide distribution.
The submission process for theses and dissertations begins at the Graduate School. Review the submission options and guidelines on the website of the Graduate School. The library enhances the metadata provided with your dissertation and adds your record to discovery tools like Acorn and Worldcat, making it easily findable for scholars worldwide. The library also maintains the technical infrastructure of the repository.
If you plan to make your dissertation open access, we can assist you with understanding the options for licensing. If your dissertation makes use of copyrighted content, you will want to think early on about whether you may rely on fair use or need to acquire licenses. We will be glad to meet with you to discuss the requirements of your particular project.
The Electronic Theses and Dissertation repository is a joint project of the Graduate School, Peabody College, and the Jean & Alexander Heard Library.