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Graduate works from one of Israel’s top research institutions will be discoverable by a global network of scholars

Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has joined the thousands of research institutions worldwide that contribute to the acclaimed ProQuest® Dissertations and Theses database (PQDT), the world’s largest commercially available repository of graduate works. Through PQDT, a worldwide network of scholars will be able to discover BGU’s doctoral dissertations, further elevating the University’s profile as a pre-eminent research institution. In addition, the BGU contributions will enrich the diversity of content available to researchers through the database, which supports more than 200 million searches per year.

"ProQuest is actively expanding the international content in PQDT with very high quality partnerships such as the new agreement with Ben-Gurion University. BGU was a pioneer in digital dissemination for their graduate work in Israel and throughout the globe via their institutional repository," said Marta Lee-Perriard, Publisher for International Theses & Dissertations, "More than ever before, world class research is the product of rich academic interchange that spans continents. We are excited about the potential to advance scholarship by surfacing these innovative graduate works alongside those of other leading institutions in PQDT."

"This is an opportunity to increase the impact value of our students' work. Many of their projects are at the cutting edge of today's science," said director of the Aranne Central Library Haya Asner.

Established in 1969 to bring development to the Negev desert, BGU is now a major center for teaching and research and includes the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, as well as major research institutes such as the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research with its Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.

To house its burgeoning research production, BGU built one of the first Israeli repositories for dissertations. Beginning in 2012, it will submit these works to PQDT. ProQuest expects to add hundreds of works from BGU to PQDT each year.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses is the seminal repository of intellectual property and emerging research from the world's great universities. Chosen by the United States Library of Congress as the official archive of American dissertations, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, whose precursor was begun in 1939, now encompasses more than one quarter of a billion pages, creating a unique, continually growing trove of emerging research and landmark works. Researchers rely on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses as both a source of enlightening information and as a pivotal component in making their own scholarly production available to the world’s intellectual communities. The archive is managed at ProQuest by a team of scholars and technologists, who combine their talents to make the archive accessible, reliable and supported by continually advancing technology.

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world's knowledge — from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest's massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks®, and Pivot services, as well as its' Summon® web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

12 March 2012


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