Electronic Thesis - Dissertation Guidelines

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) provide a new method for graduate students at Southern Illinois University to submit theses and dissertations. In the Spring of 2005, the Graduate Council at SIU approved mandatory electronic submissions of theses and dissertations.

You are required to submit ETDs at the ProQuest submission site.

These links will help guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your Thesis or Dissertation.

Submission site


Questions / Concerns

For any questions or concerns regarding ETDs, please contact ETD support at etdsupport@siu.edu.

For technical help, please contact ETD Support at 453-4514.

The ETD provides a technologically advanced medium for expressing your ideas by incorporating multimedia objects. You may prepare your ETD using nearly any word processor or document preparation system. Electronic Theses and Dissertations must be submitted as a PDF file and be ONE document. 

ETDs may include color diagrams, color images, hypertext links, audio, video, animations, spreadsheets, databases, simulations, and virtual reality worlds. The inclusion of new multimedia can allow students to better express ideas.

Why ETD?

  • Improves graduate education through more effective sharing
  • Opportunity to better express ideas
  • Worldwide access to scholars
  • Timely sharing of technology, knowledge, and peer review
  • Economical

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Compliance with copyright law is imperative. Information on copyright issues is available from the following website:  

Submitting Dissertations and Theses in Digital Format

For electronic submission of your thesis or dissertation, please go to dissertations.umi.com/siu. Here you will find a detailed FAQ, as well as information from UMI regarding ETD submission requirements.