Graduate Theses Digitization Update #4


Our project to digitize UM-Flint’s graduate theses and dissertations, in order to preserve and make them more accessible, is nearing its end.

Since our last update, we have digitized the last 270 legacy theses (mostly dating from 1980 – mid 1900s). We are currently reviewing the scans and collecting their metadata before adding them to Deep Blue. We also continue to add new graduates’ theses and dissertations, including the dissertation of Shewta Gore, the first PhD ever awarded at UM-Flint: Subjective Assessments of Physical Activity in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

We have continued to track how many times the theses have been downloaded from Deep Blue, the University of Michigan’s institutional repository. The following information is a break down of some of the statistics.

Deep Blue by the Numbers

  • 452 theses have been added to Deep Blue from July 2015 to December 2017.
  • 285 of the 452 theses (63%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 26,494 downloads have occurred since July 2015.
  • 204 of the 452 theses (45%) are designated as open access.
  • 203 of the 204 openly accessible theses (99%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 248 of the 452 theses (55%) are only accessible on UM campuses.
  • 82 of the 248 on campus theses (26%) have been downloaded at least once.
  • 26,322 of the 26,494 total downloads (99%) were for the openly accessible theses.
  • 172 of the 26,494 total downloads (1%) were for the theses only accessible on UM campuses.

Deep Blue in 2017

A chart of the number of individual theses downloaded monthly in 2017. Click to enlarge.
A chart of the total number monthly of downloads in 2017. Click to enlarge


Comparing 2016 to 2017

2016 2017
Theses Digitized 388 452
On Campus Only Theses 265 248
Open Access Theses 123 204
Downloads 3,227 23,267
On Campus Downloads 91 88
Open Access Downloads 3,136 23,179
A chart comparing the total number of downloads in 2016 and 2017. Click to enlarge.


Top 10 Downloaded Theses (as of December 2017)

Title Author Year Program Downloads
Comparing Public and Private Prison Systems Joseph Shannon Gregson 2000 Public Administration 8496
Faces of Feminism: The Gibson Girl and the Held Flapper in Early Twentieth Century Mass Culture Raina-Joy Jenifer Palso 2001 Liberal Studies 2380
The Cult of True Womanhood: Women of the Mid-nineteenth Century and Their Assigned Roles as Reflected in Contemporary Writing Laurie Bonventre 2005 Liberal Studies 1010
Hemingway in Turkey:  The Influence of His Turkish Experiences on His Writing Neriman Kuyucu 2013 Liberal Studies 866
Fast Food Frenzy: An Examination of the Industry’s Success and Its Toll on America Michelle Ramirez Buado 2009 Liberal Studies 849
Shadow Warriors: Navy SEALS and the Rise in American Society Cory Butzin 2009 Liberal Studies 707
Acceptability and Appeal of a Web-based Smoking Prevention Intervention for Adolescents Amy E. Parlove 2003 Health Education 651
Classification: Absolutism vs Relativism Darren Weist 2016 Computer Science 548
An American Indian Revolution:  The American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, SD, 1973  Nicholas A. Timmerman 2012 Liberal Studies 451
Barriers Faced by Nurse Anesthetist Entrepreneurs Wishing to Implement an Office Based Anesthesia Practice David Mwaura 2017 Anesthesia 411

Going Forward

In the coming months we are adding the last batch of legacy theses  to Deep Blue.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Liz Svoboda at

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