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ProQuest's partnerships with universities have been key to expanding the reach and impact of graduate works. By working together, the visibility of both the institution and its authors' works are enhanced in the worldwide research community. Now, ProQuest is adding full text for premier academic institutions to create ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global). Participating institutions include University College London, University of Aberdeen, Cardiff University, University of Leicester, University of Bath, and University of Valencia.
PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world’s premier universities—from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Through planned additions of content from the U.K. and Continental Europe, PQDT Global is projected to grow to more than 2 million full-text works and 3.5 million A&I records by 2015. This rich, multi-lingual database will add 90,000 full-text works each year, including more than 15,000 works per year from Continental Europe. And, ProQuest is managing all digitization and sharing digital copies of the works with sponsoring universities for their institutional repositories (IRs).
Global Visibility of Breakthrough Research
PQDT Global is developed by the same team of scholars and technologists that created ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT), the seminal repository of intellectual property and emerging research from the world's great universities. Originally created in 1939, PQDT now encompasses more than one quarter of a billion pages and is the official off-site repository for dissertations and theses for the United States Library of Congress. The collection is searched over 200 million times a year by researchers from more than 3,000 leading academic institutions worldwide.
Global Discovery of Chinese Graduate Works
ProQuest has joined forces with China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) to provide first-ever global access to abstracts of the graduate output of 80 Chinese Universities. English-language metadata and abstracts of 150,000 works are available in PQDT Global, enabling researchers to discover them in the context of works from around the world.
Saves time for users and librarians to discover and access dissertations. Conduct one search instead of countless searches and gain immediate access to full text works.
Allows users to download dissertations and theses directly from a single access point, reducing delays and enhancing user experience with easy access to full-text dissertations and theses.
Reduces costs and library resources required to gain access to full-text dissertations and theses via ILL or direct purchase.
Enables graduate students to quickly and easily review works from other leading institutions in their literature review. Offers insight about topics that have already been covered and key gaps in the literature. Provides a perspective on current and historical graduate research.
Dissertations are original, deep works of research by design and their depth also typically means that the citations can make a valuable contribution to further research.
Students, advisors, and graduate administrators can use dissertations and theses from other leading institutions to explore best practices, methodologies, and approaches across disciplines.
Enables single-point, precision searching to surface decades of graduate works from leading institutions together with leading academic journals and other premier research content. Research workflows and collaboration capabilities are augmented in the ProQuest research environment.
Audio, video, and other types of digital files are included for thousands of works. By preserving the multimedia material together with the author’s work, PQDT helps enhance the scholarly record and allows graduate schools and students ensure future access to this valuable content for the academic community.