7 Facts You May Not Have Known About OhioLINK’s ETD Center

Metadata and eResources Librarian, OhioLINK
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 8:43am

It’s summer, and all the signs are here. Master’s and doctoral degree students have fully emerged from their writing dens with thousands of words worth of research over which they’ve toiled for months—even years. They’ve planted the seeds, met with advisors who have nurtured and massaged their work. What does this mean for you? A new crop of theses and dissertations have put down roots and bloomed in OhioLINK’s Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) Center

OhioLINK’s ETD Center is quickly approaching 100,000 entries. As the only statewide ETD repository, researchers and students worldwide can access groundbreaking open access research from their peers by simply visiting OhioLINK’s ETD Center. Created in 2001, the Center has grown by an average of 5,500 theses and dissertations per year.

Whether you’re a student who will be hitting the “submit” button for a thesis or dissertation this year or simply a citizen thirsting for knowledge, here are seven ETD Center fast facts for your continuing education:

  1. To date, the ETD is home to more than 93,000 theses and dissertations.
  1. The ETD contains content from 32 colleges and universities across Ohio.
  1. The Ohio State University has the most submissions in the ETD, with more than 50,000. The University of Cincinnati has the second most, with nearly 10,000.
  1. The top downloaded thesis in the ETD has been downloaded more than 312,000 times. It’s titled, “The Beginning and End of Heavy Ion Collisions: Using Uranium Beams and Bose-Einstein Correlations as Probes of the Collision Fireball,” and was written by Anthony Kulhman from Ohio State.
  1. OhioLINK ETDs are a valued open access resource worldwide: Visitors from 231 different countries have generated over 67 million downloads.  
  1. Visitors worldwide have logged over three million sessions at OhioLINK’s ETD.
  1. In 2016, OhioLINK added the retrospective batch upload feature to the ETD, allowing member libraries to add digital versions of older paper-based theses and dissertations, some dating back to the early 20thcentury. 

For more information on the electronic theses and dissertations submission process, check out my previous blog.