What is Acrobat Reader/PDF?

Our web pages post documents for you to download in PDF—portable document format. PDF's can look and print the same no matter what software/computer/printer combination you have. Consequently, this format has won wide acceptance as a way to share documents on the Web. Sites to which we have links, such as the U.S. Postal Service and Vanderbilt Human Resources, also use this file type.

In order to view and print PDF's, you need Acrobat Reader. This is a free plug-in program, downloadable from the website of its creator, Adobe Corporation. (A plug-in is a small helper program that enables your browser, either Netscape or Internet Explorer, to do things it cannot do on its own.)

Clicking the "Get Acrobat Reader" button below allows you to obtain and install this handy little program — just follow the directions on the Adobe page.

Get Acrobat Reader

HINT: When you access a PDF, Acrobat Reader will display it in your browser window. When you are finished reading and/or printing it, you may need to use your BACK button to return to the previous screen OR close the document with the X symbol at the upper right corner. This depends on how your browser handles Acrobat.

Use your browser's BACK button to return directly to the page which referred you here, or use the button below to return to the entry page.

Text link to Acrobat Reader