Building of a theses and dissertation collection was commenced in the latter part of 1999
To help us control costs and improve the accessibility of Université resources, we want to conform to Open Archives protocols and use existing tools rather than develop our own architecture, says Pierre Lasou, Librarian. Our electronic thesis and dissertation collection, for example, is now being harvested by two service providers, one of which is OCLC for the Networked Digital Library of Electronic Theses and Dissertations Union Catalog, which gives wider visibility to our collection.
Theses and dissertations were identified through a keyword search in the online catalog. Basic bibliographic information was gathered for each thesis and dissertation that was completed during the five-year study time frame. During the study time frame, some engineering theses and dissertations were uploaded to a university electronic server in addition to, or in lieu of, being submitted to the Main Library collection. These additional theses and dissertations were identified through a scan of the University's "Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Collection" (ETD) web site. Three Ph.D. dissertations and seven master's theses were added to the study from this collection. Finally, a search on all engineering subject headings was conducted in the Proquest "Dissertations & Theses: Full Text" database () for any additional College of Engineering and Applied Sciences theses or dissertations.
Thesis and Dissertation Collection - PRRC Publications
The Theses and Dissertations digital collection includes papers authored by American University in Cairo graduate students.Prepare your theses according the .Before you submit you thesis to the DAR Repository you must obtain the following signed documents and submit them to your department along with a hard copy of your thesis:
Failure to do so will result in a violation of the DAR Repository distribution license.Submit thesis and accompanying materials, including photographs, videos, and datasets, using the accepted file formats detailed below.To upload content to this collection, log in with your AUC email username and password using the link at the top of the page. Find the link listed under , and. When prompted, select as the collection to which you would like to submit your work, and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be notified when your submission has been approved. Your submission confirmation email will include instructions on receiving your graduation documents from the University Registrar.You do not need to submit scanned copies of the Signature Page or Proof of IRB Approval/Waiver for Completed Graduate Thesis to the DAR Repository. This does not mean that you do not need to obtain a signed Signature Sheet, Copyright & Availability Form, and Proof of IRB Approval/Waiver for Completed Graduate Thesis. You must turn these signed forms in to your department.View .When you submit your thesis to the DAR Repository, you are agreeing to the following terms:You will not receive your graduation invitations until you submit an electronic final approved version of your thesis to the DAR Repository. The deadline for thesis submission is provided by the .When you submit your thesis after the deadline, you will receive a clearance message by email within 2 business days of submission. Print and present this email to the University Registrar to receive your graduation tickets. This is only required for those graduating from thesis-required programs.Publishing in Open Access repositories, such as the DAR Repository, offers a number of valuable benefits for students, faculty, and staff:For more information, visit the . If you would like to submit published works, check your publisher's copyright policies at .Although we advocate Open Access, you may restrict access to your research housed in DAR for 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years.We arrived at that solution after noticing that one of the most common characteristics of web-based search engines is the so-called "simple search" option. Users simply enter a word, phrase, or set of words as a "natural language query" that is launched either by hitting the "return" key or clicking a button. We focussed on this single input field approach since most users submit short, simple queries; appear confused about operators and other query enhancements ; and are usually forced to use separate forms or pages to submit more complex queries. The typical "simple search" became our guide for defining a query and user interface description language.
We defined the Searchable Database Markup Language (SearchDB-ML), an application of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML), for describing a search site. We chose XML because it offers a great deal of flexibility compared to other alternatives such as storing site descriptions in a relational database. At the same time, XML supports our goal of having a human readable description that can be easily prepared by staff administering the federated search site by editing either a template or a copy of a related example.
SearchDB-ML uses a Document Type Definition "searchdb" for documents that describe retrieval resources. For simplicity, we concentrate on a "Lite" version of this language that only supports simple search interfaces and minimal query mapping. The full version of the language, which is still under development, will support search engines with both simple and complex interfaces. The example document below describes the simple interface to the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation collection at Virginia Tech.