Dissertations and Theses from ProQuest is acomprehensive collection of dissertations and theses and the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. PQDT includes 2.7 million searchable 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. (Use ILLiad to request copies of dissertations and theses that are not available as full text.) The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.
More than 70,000 new full text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertations publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through UMI's Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full-text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.
Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDT provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.
1637-present, full-text dissertations 1997-present
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