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Dude. Where's my Dissertation?

May 29, 2012


You have completed your PhD/EdD or a masters degree at Drexel University. Assuming that you completed all the steps to take the degree, then you probably found your way here to the Library to drop off hard and soft copies for binding , unless you opted out as described on this FAQ.

Now you want to direct all of your friends and colleagues to the eternal link where they can read the full text story to which you have devoted your last few years of effort. Where should you point your fans? Three possible places.

1.) The all-electrons version can typically be found first in our institutional repository searching by keyword or browsing by subject
This is our open archive, called iDEA, with a permanent link for each individual item. Its contents also get indexed by so within a week or two of your document arriving in iDEA, it will be retrievable by a typical Google search.

2.) Hard copy lovers can find your tome searching by your last name or the title in our local library catalog. They will be directed to request the dead-tree item from remote storage.

3.) Eventually, the e-copy will also end up with the commercial vendor Proquest, where members of the Drexel community can find full-text e-copy of all Drexel dissertations. This vendor also offers 25 page previews of non-Drexel theses and dissertations that can be purchased for about apiece from this separate link. This purchase option also works for the public.

Just to recap - this applies to PhD/EdD dissertations *and* Masters theses! Questions? Comments? Please email - siftar @