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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)

The world’s most reliable tool for the discovery and dissemination of graduate works


Using dissertations theses for research
Using dissertations/theses for research

From Searcher , Mar 2010

From Searcher, May 2010

Dissertations provide excellent sources for a quick overview of the state of the art for very specific areas of research. A doctoral student in cell biology isn't trying to cover progress in the entire field in the literature review, but literature specific to his or her particular research, e.g., the chemical structure of some particular cancer cell, 3-D virtual imaging of plant cells, etc.

A recent dissertation on a topic closely related to your own area of interest can be an excellent source for starting your project, studying the research process used by another researcher, or as a check to see that you haven't left out some key issue or paper in your own literature review.

Dissertations can sometimes be fun, silly, compelling, or downright boring - but they are always important research documents.

Herther, N. (2010). Dissertations and research in an era of change. Searcher, 18(2), 22-25,30-31,33-35. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/221040321?accountid=131239


Accessing dissertations in the digital age
Accessing dissertations in the digital age

Solution: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database


Proquest dissertations theses pqdt
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)

Graduate Works (in millions)


Pqdt global and extensive access to dissertations theses
PQDT. Global and extensive access to dissertations/theses


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PQDT. Even better in ProQuest’s new research environment


Pqdt even better in proquest s new research environment1
PQDT. Even better in ProQuest’s new research environment

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Cited references
Cited References

  • “On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say it would be a 10, I think once somebody has located the dissertation, they need to be able to use that information and make more use of that information which they would be able to do if the citations were clearly marked in the electronic source.” – University of Birmingham


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