Published this week by Sage: The Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. It’s intended for research students or any student (Masters, undergraduate too) undertaking a dissertation or thesis, and who wants to consider the implications of the digital turn. There are many contributions from IOE in it, but it’s an international collection and explores the implications for students, supervisors, examiners and institutions, as well as libraries.
More and more institutions are turning to digital-only submission for theses and dissertations. This means that moving image and sound can be incorporated in the main body of the thesis, and not just on a DVD in the appendices. Art departments have been used to this issue for some time, but humanities and social science institutions – including the Institute of Education – are adapting their regulations and guidance to cope with the changing nature and format of the dissertation. As far as libraries are concerned, the British Library runs the EThOS service where institutions can subscribe and lodge their students’ theses online – but each and every academic library is working out how best to archive, preserve and give access to digital theses and dissertations.
E-book version of this title now available via the library catalogue. Access is restricted to IOE staff and students. Print copies will be available shortly.
A launch of the new title is taking place at The British Library in London on July 5th, from 5.30pm to 7pm. Please contact Rachel.email@example.com if you wish to attend.