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Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications

What is it?

Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications are interdisciplinary fields in librarianship that facilitate the production and dissemination of academic research through the use of emerging digital tools and applications, while enhancing the communication of and access to the results of this research.


Defending a dissertation is a major scholarly milestone. The Electronic Theses and Dissertations repository at Vanderbilt University ensures that your intellectual work will receive wide distribution.

The submission process for theses and dissertations begins at the Graduate School. Review the submission options and guidelines. The library enhances the metadata provided with your dissertation and adds your record to discovery tools like the Library Catalog and Worldcat, making it easily findable for scholars worldwide. The library also maintains the technical infrastructure of the repository.

If you plan to make your dissertation open access, we can assist you with understanding the options for licensing. If your dissertation makes use of copyrighted content, you will want to think early on about whether you may rely on fair use or need to acquire licenses. We will be glad to meet with you to discuss the requirements of your particular project.

The Electronic Theses and Dissertation repository is a joint project of the Graduate School, Peabody College, and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.