Academic Research Blog

ETD’s Top 20

With commencement just around the corner, many students are putting the finishing touches on their final papers, presentations, theses and dissertations. In this post, we’d like to highlight the top 20 most-downloaded Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) of all time. ETDs in the collection range from 2002 to the present (2014).


If you’d like to view more ETDs, head to the ETD page, or you can see more numbers on the ETD stats page.



Author Department Title Total Hits Date Submitted URL
Romo, Abel Javier Linguistics and English Language An English for Specific Purposes Curriculum to Prepare English Learners to Become Nursing Assistants 104,697 Jul 11, 2006


Pittard, Matthew Thurlow Mechanical Engineering Large Eddy Simulation Based Turbulent Flow-induced Vibration of Fully Developed Pipe Flow 61,748 Oct 8, 2003
Crane, Nathan B. Mechanical Engineering Compliant Centrifugal Clutches: Design, Analysis, and Testing 53,252 Sep 9, 2003
Blattman, William R. Mechanical Engineering Generating CAD Parametric Features Based on Topology Optimization Results 42,605 Apr 16, 2008
Oliphant, Alma H. Mechanical Engineering Numerical Modeling of Friction Stir Welding: A Comparison of Alegra and Forge3 37,989 Apr 27, 2004
Jensen, Robin S. History Gleaning the Harvest: Strangite Missionary Work, 1846-1850 34,131 Jul 15, 2005
Murdock, Jennifer Melody Communications An External Audit of the National Tropical Botanical Garden 33,022 Apr 21, 2003
Aoyama, Kazumasa Instructional Psychology and Technology Using A Diglot Reader to Teach Kanji: The Effects of Audio and Romaji on the Acquisition of Kanji Vocabulary 31,847 Jul 6, 2005
Bushnell, Tyler Dwight Exercise Sciences A Biomechanical Analysis of Sprinters vs. Distance Runner at Equal and Maximal Speeds 30,337 Dec 2, 2004
Hundley, Nicholas James Chemistry and Biochemistry Structure Elucidation of Bioactive Compounds Isolated from Endophytes of Alstonia scholaris and Acmena graveolens 28,635 Sep 2, 2005
Taniguchi, Stacy Tooru Educational Leadership & Foundations Outdoor Education and Meaningful Learning: Finding the attributes of meaningful learning experiences in an outdoor education program 28,402 Jun 6, 2004
Zeng, Yi Chemical Engineering Stable Polymer Micelle Systems as Anti-cancer Drug Delivery Carriers 28,248 Jun 1, 2005
Christensen, Sherie Marriage and Family Therapy The Effects of Premarital Sexual Promiscuity on Subsequent Marital Sexual Satisfaction 28,125 Jun 25, 2004
Snyder, Jeffrey Civil and Environmental Engineering Full-Scale Lateral-Load Tests of a 3×5 Pile Group in Soft Clays and Silts 27,863 Mar 15, 2004
Lee, Wayne Yeung Civil and Environmental Engineering Numerical Modeling of Blast-Induced Liquefaction 27,537 Jul 13, 2006
Jevtic, Elizabeta German and Slavic Languages Blank Pages of the Holocaust: Gypsies in Yugoslavia During World War II 27,286 Jul 1, 2004
Bishop, Gregory Loren Mechanical Engineering A Comprehensive Model for Technology Push Product Development 26,930 Mar 19, 2004
Remund, Craig Timothy Electrical and Computer Engineering Design of CMOS Four-Quadrant Gilbert Cell Multiplier Circuits in Weak and Moderate Inversion 26,645 Nov 24, 2004
Xiang, Yanqiao Chemistry and Biochemistry Capillary Liquid Chromatography Using Micro Size Particles 26,056 Jul 30, 2004

Sterling, Colin J. Mechanical Engineering Effects of Friction Stir Processing on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Fusion Welded 304L Stainless Steel 24,379 Jun 17, 2004



Welcome back to the ScholarsArchive blog!

Welcome back to our ScholarsArchive Blog! Our goal is to bring you regular updates every two weeks. There is a lot of good news and changes coming up over the next few months, so stay tuned!

Since our last post, we’ve added many new items. For example, check out the latest Journal of East Asian Libraries issue. It includes an article on the MTR library in Hong Kong. This library is termed a “special library” which category includes corporate, law, art, medical, news, architecture firm, financial center libraries and more. Learn how the MTR Corporation Limited utilized a company priority – learning and professional growth – to structure their employee library.

Feel free to peruse the rest of our faculty and student Journals or the scholarly research collection (includes ETDs and faculty research) as well. Our students and faculty regularly submit interesting scholarly works.

Over the coming months we’ll switch content over to a new platform, called Digital Commons. This change means greater world-wide access to content and usage statistics for authors. We’ll keep you updated on these changes over the rest of the year. Look forward to an updated home page, graphical representations of readership and content, and Scholarly Communication information.

If you have any questions about ScholarsArchive, please send them to Until next time, happy researching!

Church History & Doctrine Collection Added

The Church History and Doctrine department has joined ScholarsArchive! Over forty articles have been added to this new collection on topics from the Mormon migration to missionary work, and much more. You’re sure to find something interesting. Enjoy!

School of Music Research

Three publications have been added to the new School of Music collection! Click here to read these interesting articles. We’re excited to have more research from the College of Fine Arts and Communications and hope to bring you more soon.

If you’re interested in having your research or presentations added to ScholarsArchive, please email and we’ll be happy to help.

Journal Added to ScholarsArchive

The Deseret Language and Linguistic Society Symposium has joined ScholarsArchive Journals! The symposium archives date from 1975 to 2001. Though this symposium is no longer held, the timeless information lives on in ScholarsArchive. Enjoy!

Two New Collections

Two new collections have been added to the student section of ScholarsArchive Research! Dr. Gideon Burton’s students do some fantastic work in English 382 — Shakespeare, and now you can read their papers online. Also added are the scholarly papers by graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program in the College of Nursing.

Journals Now Part of ScholarsArchive

19 faculty and student produced journals are now part of ScholarsArchive! The newly redesigned ScholarsArchvie webpage includes a section just for journals. Look at the changes and additions here.

More Changes Coming to Webpage

We recently updated our webpage theme, which improved the navigation between college and department pages. Now get ready for content changes! Soon you’ll see a new, simple welcome page with links to “Research” and “Journals”.

Clicking on “Research” will take you to what has been the main ScholarsArchive gateway. This is where you’ll go to see the research and creative content by BYU faculty and students, arranged by college and department.

“Journals” will take you to BYU student and faculty produced journals. As is the rest of ScholarsArchive, these journals are free and open to the public. We hope you’ll enjoy discovering more of what BYU has to offer!

New Webpage Theme

As you’ve probably noticed, the ScholarsArchive webpage looks a little different with an updated theme. We love it and hope you do, too! The best part is the more intuitive navigation between the college and department pages. Take a look around and tell us what you think!

ScholarsArchive Pages

The colleges and departments with items in ScholarsArchive each have a page with a photo and some text. Some colleges and departments use the text area to describe what’s in their ScholarsArchive collection and others have their unit’s mission statement. If you would like to update what’s on your page, let us know!  Email us at