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Institutional Repository: ODU Digital Commons

Electronic Theses and Dissertations in the Repository

Beginning Fall 2016, Old Dominion University began requiring theses and dissertations to be submitted electronically, rather than in print. Students submit their electronic thesis/dissertation to the ProQuest ETD Admin site (, the University Registrar reviews and approves them, and the Libraries place them in ODU Digital Commons, our institutional repository.

Electronic submission has the following benefits:

  • Submissions typically are processed twice as quickly as paper submissions
  • No more bindery fees
  • Manuscripts submitted digitally retain their original appearance, with color images, graphics, and crisp, clear text
  • Graduate students learn about electronic publishing and digital libraries
  • Graduate research gets more visibility and more use
  • Saves paper and library shelf space
Because the University Libraries no longer maintain a print collection, the document in the institutional repository is the official university copy. Backfiles of theses and dissertations will also be added to ODU Digital Commons. For further information see also Graduate Student Resources.
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