Many publications are available to download, sometimes in multiple formats. This is on a case-by-case basis; if the researcher has made it publicly accessible in electronic form, it will also be available here. In order to maintain the precise format of the documents as intended by the authors themselves, the publications may appear as HTML, PDF, DOC, or PostScript files.
PostScript is a standard printer language, which was the de facto standard for the exchange of scientific documents for a number of years. ".ps" files can be sent directly to any PostScript printer. Third-party PostScript viewers might be required to view these documents. Often, compressed PostScript files (e.g., ".ps.Z") need to be uncompressed.
If only the publication abstract is available, a third-party search might be required to obtain the original document.
To request printed copies of student theses, visit MIT Libraries.