GVS graduate students contribute to state online research center

OHIO Office of Research
October 16, 2015

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An Ohio University graduate student’s thesis recently helped the state of Ohio hit a new milestone.

OhioLINK, Ohio’s Academic Library Consortium, now has more than 55,000 electronic theses and dissertations from graduate students at 30 higher education institutions available online in the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/.

The 55,000 th submission, “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Understanding the Applicability in the Native American Context,” was made by Alaina Morman, an Ohio University graduate student in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The student won a first-place prize for her presentation of this research at the 2015 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.

Ohio University began submitting electronic theses and dissertations in fall 2000, the first year the OhioLINK resource was available, said Sara Armstrong, director of thesis and dissertation services and digital operations for the Graduate College. The university now has 4,000 theses and dissertations in the OhioLINK center and contributes about 300 new documents per year, she noted.

According to Armstrong, 99.7 percent of the university’s graduate students who complete a thesis or dissertation submit electronically, which is comparable to other Ohio higher education institutions.

“It’s a lot easier and more efficient for students to submit electronically,” she said.

The OhioLINK ETD Center benefits graduate students, the research community and the general public. Having work featured on the site can help raise the profile of a graduate student’s research, which can lead to collaborations, citations, publication and book deals, as well as other professional opportunities.

OhioLINK allows for further professional connections in the ETD Center through the use of ORCID identifiers, unique numbers to distinguish researchers from each other in a globally accessible database, to track their research throughout their careers, according to Emily Flynn, metadata and ETD coordinator for OhioLINK.

The OhioLINK ETD Center also offers a way to share information among universities and others around the world interested in keeping up with the latest findings from academic research.

“It’s an invaluable source for research because it’s an open-access resource,” Armstrong said.

Ohio University’s theses and dissertations have been accessed 200,000 times in the last year. The ETD Center receives web traffic from 226 countries, according to Flynn.