Now, dissertations and theses are more discoverable than ever. Authors can now choose to make their scholarly work more widely available through the power of the internet. With effective search strategies many graduate works can be found on-line. Search engines (e.g., Bing, Yahoo, Google and Google Scholar) crawling the internet can deliver relevant search results, including dissertations and theses. ProQuest has an explicit arrangement with Google Books, allows indexing and searching across bibliographic data for graduate works published in 2007 and forward.
Excluded Works: Canadian graduate works published prior to 2011 are not included. Also excluded are works that are temporarily embargoed or restricted at an author's request.
What about Open Access and free institutional access?
Our efforts through search engines and Google Books are focused on expanding the availability of dissertations and theses beyond the scholarly community. Obviously, this is not intended to substitute for the kinds of liberal and/or free access that researchers normally have to dissertations and theses through institutional subscriptions to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database.
And of course, dissertations and theses published under our Open Access Publishing Plus option will be available for immediate, full-text download from ProQuest's PQDT Open web site (www.pqdtopen.com).
What if I change my mind about search engine access?
I have more questions about dissertations and theses in Google.
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