Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) have replaced printed theses and dissertations for most Rutgers graduate programs and are available through RUcore. Beginning with October 2007 degree date submissions, dissertations and theses that represent a terminal degree from the Graduate School--New Brunswick are submitted in online form only. Other graduate schools, including the Graduate School--Rutgers University-Newark, the Camden Graduate School, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, and the Graduate School of Education, are participating in the program as well. The Mason Gross School of the Arts has made electronic submission optional.
Access to an electronic dissertation or thesis will sometimes be delayed at the request of the author. The most common reasons are because they intend to publish the dissertation or because it supports a patent application. In these cases, a record with descriptive information and a full abstract will still be included in RUcore.
An ETD is a document that explicates the research of a graduate student. It is expressed in a form that is simultaneously suitable for machine archiving and worldwide retrieval. Rutgers full text ETDs are available in RUcore. They also are cataloged in Rutgers Library Catalog with links to RUcore. Rutgers ETDs are indexed in Google Scholar.
An ETD can be prepared using almost any word processing software and can incorporate relevant multimedia objects without the requirement to submit multiple copies on paper. Consequently, an ETD is less expensive to prepare, provides a technologically advanced medium for conveying materials, and is likely to get wider recognition because of its availability on the World Wide Web.