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Turkish research community to benefit from access to world’s most authoritative dissertation and thesis collection

TURKEY, April 11, 2018 – Researchers at higher education institutions in Turkey have gained access to full-text dissertations and theses from around the globe, thanks to a partnership between ProQuest and TÜBİTAK ULAKBIM, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

The first national deal to be signed between ProQuest and TÜBİTAK ULAKBIM, this agreement gives faculty and students in about 200 universities unlimited access to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global™ database (PQDT). Originally created in 1939, PQDT archives and improves the discovery of graduate works from research universities around the world. PQDT is the largest and most authoritative database of theses and dissertations in the world, featuring 4.5 million dissertations (2.1 million in full text).

“TÜBİTAK ULAKBIM and its leadership recognize the value of ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global in improving research outcomes across Turkey,” said Rafael Sidi Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Information Solutions at ProQuest. “At ProQuest, we’re pleased that this new agreement will contribute to the advancement of research, education and innovation in Turkish higher education.”

This deal supports TÜBİTAK ULAKBIM’s vision to guide and contribute to critical science and technology research across Turkey. Providing the Turkish academic community with access to PQDT opens a wealth of resources that will improve sustainable development, and contribution to discoveries around the globe.

“The agreement between TÜBİTAK ULAKBIM & ProQuest for Dissertations and Theses opens the world's scientific thesis literature to university librarians and is an invaluable service for Turkish researchers and the science world said Gussun Gunes, Library Director of Marmara University.  "This will be an indispensable service for all of our scientists, our libraries, and our librarians and will undoubtedly increase the quality of their scientific work at high levels”.


TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM EKUAL Project is covering the provision of effective and widespread access to electronic information resources for research institutions and national licence agreements made with the leading publishers in order to enable national and international scientific publishing.

TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM EKUAL is supporting academic and scientific research in Turkey to encourage the use of academic knowledge in providing high quality and electronic information services.

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11 April 2018

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