Princeton University: Mudd Library Offers New Online Database of Senior Theses
On Tuesday Oct. 8, senior theses written by the Class of 2013 became available through an online digital repository called Dataspace.
The project has been in the works for almost three years, said University Archivist Dan Linke, who suggested digitization to then-newly appointed Dean of the College Valerie Smith in 2011.
Plans for digitizing the 2013 senior theses were announced on the Mudd Manuscript Library Blog last October. An existing online database for all past senior theses in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library archives lists theses dating back to the Class of 1926, but are only accessible by hard copy in Mudd Library or delivered electronically for a fee. From the Class of 2013 onward, the theses will be available online for free.
“The senior thesis is a core part of the Princeton undergraduate education and this is a matter of saying, here is a way that students can look at theses any time anywhere on campus,” [University Archivist Dan] Linke said. “I predict that in about three years, that almost no one will come [to Mudd] to look at paper copies.”
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