University Libraries Publications

Title

Basic, Fuller, Fullest: Treatment Options for Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Publication Title

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services

Publication Date

2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.lcats.2011.03.019

Keywords

electronic, theses, dissertations, ETD, cataloging

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Given the thousands of theses and dissertations (TDs) that are produced each year, and their role in advancing their disciplines, it is well worth disseminating them as widely as possible. A great leap forward in increasing TD distribution has been the electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) movement. ETD information in catalogs provides valuable basic access, especially when bibliographic records are contributed to large databases. While these bibliographic records can be created automatically by harvesting author-supplied metadata from ETDs, for fuller access, cataloger mediation is needed to remove errors and numeric entities; plus name authority control. Fullest access entails subject analysis.

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