Monday, April 23, 2012

Resource of the Week: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

What is it?

Essentially two databases, ProQuest Dissertations &Theses (PQDT)
& ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.

Why use it?
  • Find what research has been done in your area (historical)
  • See what the current research topics are in your area – find gaps to exploit or case studies to explore further
  • Get ideas for your dissertation
  • Get ideas on layout
  • Get ideas on how to construct an abstract
  • Get the full text of a dissertation relevant to your research
Even just looking at the contents pages can spark ideas and provide direction for your research.

An example search on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) using the search terms Shakespeare AND women.


Anonymous said...

Are Liverpool University theses and dissertations available full-text through the UK & Ireland version ? System down so can't check.

Linda Crane said...

No, unfortunately the UK & Ireland version doesn’t give full-text access to Liverpool University theses and dissertations through the UK & Ireland version. However, there are several other ways that you can try to access Liverpool University doctoral theses.

The University of Liverpool has a Research Archive in which PhD students who are registered after 1st August 2008 must now deposit their thesis. This can be searched directly, or a Google search on “University of Liverpool” AND Thesis’ should bring them up. Or, of course, you can use keywords for the particular subject or author you are searching for.

It is also possible to find doctoral thesis on a database called EThOS.
 EThOS provides access to UK doctoral theses online. When you find the thesis you want, you may be able to download the thesis immediately, normally free of charge, with no need for library staff intervention. If the thesis is not available for immediate download, you can request for it to be scanned, but there will be a charge for this. Putting the phrase “University of Liverpool” in quotation marks will return all University of Liverpool theses, or again you can use keywords for your subject.

The University also has print versions of all University of Liverpool doctoral theses where candidates have registered before 2008. These can be found by searching the Library Catalogue and limiting your search to theses from the right hand side drop down menu.