A dissertation or thesis is a work submitted in support of candidature for a under graduate, master’s degree, or doctorate degree respectively, which presents the author's research and findings. Electronic versions of theses and dissertations are called ETDs.ETDs replaced paper theses and dissertations and it can be similar to their paper predecessors in that they may have figures, tables, footnotes, and references
Some Important ETDs are:
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). It support selectronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. It provides resources for university administrators, librarians, faculty, students, and the general public.
TheShodhganga@INFLIBNET Centre provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. The repository has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve ETDs submitted by the researchers.