Monday, March 15, 2010

Need to find a dissertation?

Think Dissertation Abstracts Online & ProQuest Digital Dissertations!

Do you need to find a dissertation, or did you find a dissertation listed in a database and need access to the full text? Before you place an Interlibrary Loan Request check this database: Dissertation Abstracts Online & ProQuest Digital Dissertations. It has 2.7 million citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day, together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. You might have immediate access to your dissertation without waiting for library staff to process your request!

Dissertations and theses are indexed in a number of other databases such as WorldCat, PsychINFO, and MLA, but when you try to "Find Full Text" for a dissertation in one of these databases the results often will not indicate whether it is available in full text or not. You must search the Dissertation Abstracts Online database to determine the full text availability.

Of course, if the dissertation or thesis is not available in Dissertation Abstracts Online we encourage you to place an Interlibrary Loan request for it and we will do our best to borrow it for your use. Not all institutions make theses or dissertations available for loan. Often only the institution which granted the degree will own a copy of the thesis or dissertation and there may be a charge for borrowing. Master papers or theses are even more difficult to obtain.

So -- if you need to find a dissertation check Dissertation Abstracts Online & ProQuest Digital Dissertations -- first.

--Suzanne Sweeney

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