People from around the world are increasingly taking advantage of the free access to theses and dissertations via Western’s hugely successful Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository (ETDR). The ETDR was designed to provide a simple way to view a variety of current, academic information created or endorsed by the Western community.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are prepared as text-based PDF files. ETDs can contain non-text elements such as sound, video, and hypertext links. ETDs are available through Scholarship@Western, Western's digital library repository, and also released to the world-wide web with priority in many search engines, enabling scholars worldwide to locate, search, and download Western’s ETDs.
The online repository has allowed academics and their education institutions to reap significant benefits. The most striking benefit is the dramatic increase (50-250 per cent) in citation impact that results from electronic publishing. This leads to increased rewards from universities and granting agencies.
Other benefits include: