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Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs) 

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are the University of Malta (UoM) undergraduate and postgraduate theses or dissertations prepared as text-based PDF files.  ETDs are accessible from the UoM Library portal HyDi, the Library’s online catalogue and the Institutional Repository OAR@UoM.  To date, there are some 4,000 ETDs available.

History

Traditionally, the Melitensia Department housed a selection of theses and dissertations pertaining to postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes.   Dissertations not submitted to the UoM Library were held in various departments around campus.  In 2008, the UoM Library initiated the E-dissertations pilot project.  The reasons for shifting from the print to the electronic were various.  These include: -

  1. to create virtual space and thus, the UoM Library could accept theses and dissertations across all disciplines
  2. to make research more easily accessible
  3. to raise the profile of Higher Education in Malta
  4. to meet patrons’ expectations 

The ETD project was introduced gradually to various Faculties, Institutes and Centres throughout the years. The growing collection of ETDs include the Faculty for Social WellBeing, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Laws, Faculty for Media and Knowledge Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Theology, Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Institute of Earth Systems, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, Institute of Linguistics, Institute of Maltese Studies, Institute of Physical Education and Sports, International Institute for Baroque Studies, Islands and Small States Institute, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, and Mediterranean Institute. 

Accessibility

ETDs are available on the Library portal HyDi.  Patrons may search by typing in the keywords and refining the result list by date, topic, creator (author), thesis or dissertation degree and subject.  ETDs are also available on the Online Catalogue by choosing the Browse button and then going through the alphabetical list of degrees or by searching through the dissertation collections under the respective departments on OAR@UoM. Academics, researchers, students and support staff can access full-text ETDs by signing in with the UoM IT account.

Instructions

Step-by-step Instructions and a Video Tutorial on how to prepare ETDs are available to guide and assist students.  The information covered includes general formatting requirements, creating bookmarks, headings, tables and figures, page numbers, table of contents, how to convert a Microsoft Word Document to a Portable Document Format (PDF) and submission.  Students requiring further assistance on the formatting of the document and file-name are to send an email to ETD Help.

Training

ETD workshops and one-to-one sessions may be organized on request.  For reservations send an email to ETD Help.

Support Staff

Guidelines to assist support staff with the process of organizing and submitting ETDs to the UoM Library are available here.  Course-codes or filenames for dissertations of course programmes are accessible on this link.

Submitting the ETD

The final copy of the electronic dissertation on CD should be handed to the department / institute / centre secretary in charge.  The ‘Declaration of Authenticity’ should be duly signed, scanned and inserted as an image in the preliminary pages of the electronic dissertation.

Copyright

Copyright of dissertations rests with the author.  Users can make use of the work contained therein in accordance with Copyright legislation provided that the author must always be properly acknowledged.  Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without prior permission of the author.  The UoM retains the right to indefinitely terminate access to this service to any users in cases of misuse. 

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General Regulations

The General Regulations for University Undergraduate and Postgraduate Awards, the course regulations and bye-laws as well as the regulations and bye-laws for Doctoral Degrees are available here

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Embargo of Dissertations


An embargo of a thesis/dissertation is defined as a delay in the release of the thesis/dissertation for a specified amount of time.

The University of Malta permits the embargo of a thesis/dissertation under the following conditions:

  1. The protection of information of commercial value or to honour a pre-existing contractual agreement.
  2. The protection of intellectual property rights associated with the publication of content (e.g. registration for patent).
  3. The need to prevent disclosure of sensitive, confidential or classified information that is time-sensitive.

Procedure:

  1. The requester (student) must fill out the Request for Embargo Form and submit it by hand to Mr Kevin J. Ellul, Director Library Services, or scan the signed form and send it by email. The letter must be signed by the requester (student), the dean, head of department and dissertation supervisor.
  2. The request form must reach the Library at least one month before the submission of the dissertation. 
  3. A pre-determined embargo period (six, nine or twelve months) must be specified in the request.
  4. Upon approval by Library Committee, dissertations will be kept in a safe place and bibliographic details will not be made available on the Library's platforms. Dissertations will automatically be made available for consultation upon embargo expiry date, unless a timely renewal request is submitted. 
  5. Embargoes may be lifted or extended by submitting an Embargo Renewal Form at least two months before the existing embargo expiry date.
  6. Embargo requests and renewals will be reviewed during Library Committee meeting and the requester will be notified of the approval by email. The embargo period will start from the date of Library Committee meeting.
  7. Embargoes beyond twenty-four (24) months will be reviewed by Library Committee on a case by case basis.

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Print Theses & Dissertations 

A vast range of undergraduate and postgraduate print theses and dissertations are available for consultation upon request from the Melitensia Special Collection. This Department also includes foreign dissertations of Maltese interest.  


The Health Sciences Library, Laws and Theology Library, Bighi Library, Valletta Campus Library, Faculty of Arts Library and Faculty for the Built Environment Library also house small collections of print theses and dissertations.

To locate University of Malta (UoM) print theses and dissertations, search the Library’s portal HyDi. Patrons may type in the keywords and then refine the result list by date, topic, creator (author), thesis or dissertation degree and subjects. Print theses and dissertations are also available on the Online catalogue by choosing the Browse button and then going through the alphabetical list of degrees.  

To request a print theses or dissertation from the Melitensia Special Collection, fill in the request slip and hand it to a member of staff at the Help Desk who will then collect the requested item on your behalf from the closed stacks.  Refer to Library staff for assistance on theses and dissertations housed in the various Branch Libraries mentioned above.

All print theses and dissertations are to be consulted within the Library premises and cannot be borrowed.

Copyright of dissertations rests with the author.  Users can make use of the work contained therein in accordance with Copyright legislation provided that the author must always be properly acknowledged.  Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without prior permission of the author.  The UoM retains the right to indefinitely terminate access to this service to any users in cases of misuse.

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