Dissertations Going Online

Posted by at 8:53PM

The paperless trend has taken another leap forward at Stanford: doctoral dissertations, the lengthy piles of paper that culminate the work of Stanford PhD students, will now be published online.
Unsurprisingly, Stanford mega-start-up Google is behind the new idea, which makes Stanford “the first university to take the whole dissertation approval and publishing process electronic.” The new paperless plan also saves money (printing and distribution costs), space (our library is only so big), and makes it much simpler to view and read published dissertations.
The only problem: nobody really wants to read dissertations.

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2 Responses to “Dissertations Going Online”

  1. Ben says:

    To be fair, I did look up a PhD dissertation once for a PWR paper. So maybe it’s not so useless…

  2. isa says:

    The interesting point that wasnt made is that it saves us from having to print and carry around our disserations for approval. It can now be done online and submitted online.

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