Increasing numbers of higher ed institutions require graduate students to submit electronic, rather than print, versions of their theses or dissertations. To make the process of submission and management of these electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) more efficient, the Texas Digital Library host the Vireo ETD Submission and Management System, which addresses all steps of the ETD process, from submission to approval by the graduate office to publication in one or more institutional repositories.
With Vireo, students submit their digital theses and dissertations via a simple online interface, while graduate offices can manage the ETD approval process behind the scenes. Institutions can also use Vireo to publish the ETDs in their TDL Institutional Repositories and the TDL Statewide ETD Repository, where they are readily available to other researchers.
The Texas Digital Library, in close collaboration with Texas A&M University, provided initial development of Vireo and released it under an open source license in 2010. The TDL and members of the Vireo Users Group continue to oversee development of the application.
Online Student Submission
Vireo provides a simple and intuitive interface through which students can submit their theses and dissertations online.
The submission interface features:
- An easy five-step process.
- Autofill capability for personal information to reduce typos.
- Embargo options for any document.
- Ability to send ETDs to UMI Dissertation Publishing.
Workflow Management for Graduate Schools and Libraries
Vireo’s expert interface lets graduate school staff and librarians shepherd theses and dissertations through the entire ETD workflow, from submission to approval to publication in an institutional repository.
The workflow management interface provides useful tools for:
- Tracking and managing the manuscript review process
- Creating flexible workflows using customizable filters.
- Exporting documents and metadata.
- Managing communications with all participants, including students, faculty advisers, and staff.
Vireo Users Group
The Vireo Users Group (VUG) guides the future development of the Vireo ETD Submission and Management System and provides a forum for mutual support among Vireo users. For more information about the Vireo Users Group, and for instructions on joining the VUG email list, visit the Vireo Users Group website.
How do I start using Vireo?
The TDL hosts Vireo for its consortial members and continues active development on the software. To find out more about membership opportunities, please see the Membership section of our Web site. If you are a member of the Texas Digital Library and want to deploy Vireo at your institution, please contact the TDL staff to get started.
Vireo is also freely available for download under an open-source license.
Want to know more about Vireo?
- For an introduction to Vireo, please download this brief presentation with screen shots of the Vireo system: Introduction to Vireo.
- Learn more about the Vireo Users Group on its website.
- Check out Vireo end user documentation.
- Download Vireo from GitHub.
- Vireo was developed initially with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Find out more about the grant here.
Theses & Dissertations
Killam Library provides access to the full text of thousands of doctoral dissertations and master theses, including many theses and dissertations written by TAMIU students.
Additionally, interested parties will also find in this section a link to the Theses/Dissertations writing guidelines provided by the TAMIU Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
TAMIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection (ETD)
Our growing ETD collection offers open access to theses and dissertations submitted by TAMIU students and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research from 2013 to present.
Theses & Dissertations in Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections has 3 collections of materials relating to theses & dissertations:
- TAMIU and Laredo State University (LSU) Theses and Dissertations – this is a hard copy, full text, print collection of theses written at TAMIU & LSU from the 1980’s to 2012. These materials are available for use in the Special Collections reading room. Special Collections has an index for this collection of over 700 items.
- Regional Thesis and Dissertation Collection- this is a hard copy, full text, print collection of theses and dissertations about various topics relating to our region of South Texas and Northern Mexico. All of the titles in this collection were written at institutions other than TAMIU, such as UCLA, Stanford, Yale, UT Austin, etc… There are over 150 items in this collection which date back to 1937 and go to present day. Please note that this is a growing collection and titles are added regularly. These materials and an index are available for use in the Special Collections reading room.
- TAMIU Thesis Virtual Archive – this is an online resourcethat allows users to view the cover page, table of contents and abstract of TAMIU theses from the 1980’s -2003. The full text is available for use in the Special Collections reading room.
TAMIU Thesis/Dissertation Page
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research provides guidelines and support information for TAMIU students embarked in writing a master thesis or a doctoral dissertation. This page also includes the TAMIU Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Manual
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full Text: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection
This is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses on humanities and social sciences. Full text includes millions of dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day.
Texas Digital Library (TDL) Federated Electronic Theses and Dissertations
This site offers open access to the collections of electronic theses and dissertations (ETD’s) submitted by students from thirteen Texas Digital Library (TDL) participating member institutions.