The trial’s almost up, but you still have 18 days to take a look at, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT), available on our Web site until May 15, 2007. The premiere database for graduate research offers access to 2.3 million master’s theses and doctoral dissertations from around the world. Dissertations written since 1980 include a 350 word abstract. Theses written since 1988 include a 150 word abstract. Many dissertations since 1993 include a 24 page preview and more than 750,000 dissertations are available in full-text PDF format. Search by author, title, advisor, institution or keyword. Curious about what your professors and/or colleagues did their dissertation on? Look them up today!
After the trial ends, you still have access to Dissertation Abstracts through FirstSearch. (Just click on Dissertation Abstracts on the Databases by Title list) but you won’t have access to the full-text versions. To order dissertations, request them through Interlibrary Loan, or if you would like to purchase them, go through ProQuest’s Dissertation Express.
Some universities are providing online access to their master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. To see a sampling of these, browse the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations and/or Dissertation.com.
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