Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database Now Available

The Cheng Library is pleased to announce that the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database is now available. The database includes three million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with over one million full-text dissertations available for download in PDF format. It represents a significant enhancement to the University community's access to current and historical research, and it will be of special interest to faculty and graduate students.

The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works.

More than 80,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertation publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through ProQuest's Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full-text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from as far back as 1637. Where available, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

The database supports a wide variety of search and browse options, including
searching by institutional affiliation, degree awarded, advisor, and department. Retrieved records can easily be saved, emailed, exported to bibliographic management software, or printed.

Theses and dissertations submitted by WPUNJ students will continue to be available through our special Theses and Dissertations @ The William Paterson University of New Jersey portal as well as in the larger database.

We invite you to try ProQuest Dissertations and Theses this semester. Please contact Richard Kearney ( or 973-720-2165) in you have any questions or need any additional information.

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