Faculty who introduce dissertations early in students’ academic careers expose them to more original, cutting-edge ideas and diverse international scholarly voices.
Provoke student interest in any given topic area, engage their curiosity and inspire them to ask the research questions they want to answer.
With ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT), all levels of researchers are:
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- Uncovering cutting-edge research before it’s published
- Developing a reputable historical foundation of research for a given topic
- Conducting deep analysis with text and data mining
- Adding a new dimension to literature reviews by leveraging Citation Connections
- Gathering diverse and unique perspectives often not represented in published works
- Leveraging embedded learning to access reliable content for assignment needs
“The dissertation’s references can be treasure trove for a student struggling to find materials related to a research question. Here they can discover references to shorter works, like journal or newspaper articles, that they are looking for.”
– Scott Dennis, Librarian Core Electronic Resources, University of Michigan
“Liaison Librarians and some Faculty introduce dissertations to students early on to show research quality, research structure, and how to use literature citation lists. ENG 100 and 200 specifically use them for deep dives into topics such as Comics and Graphic Novels.”
– Alphie Garcia, Collection Management Librarian, University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu
“I like to use PQDT when I’m doing a literature review on a new topic. I often find theses and dissertations written years, or even decades, ago that are excellent scholarship but have been overlooked. In addition to reading what I find, the citations in dissertations and theses are great starting points for a thorough search of previous literature. I encourage my own students working on senior theses to search ProQuest specifically, too.”
– Casey Stockstill, Assistant Professor, Denver University
“The published research literature is biased toward statistically significant results, and the content in PQDT represents the most current research in an area that is not biased toward statistical significance. When I review systematic reviews for journals, I insist that PQDT is searched for relevant research.”
– Terri Pigott, Professor, School of Public Health at the College of Education, Georgia State University
“The standards for being published have risen so researchers have to check their models and inferences many different ways. With PQDT, we can find rich longitudinal information that can be anchored in known populations to support our inferences.”
– Daniel McFarland, Professor of Education and Sociology, Stanford University
“PQDT Global is a one-stop shop. Researchers can see what has been written and then they can decide what direction they’re going to take their dissertation based on the research that other people have done in that area.”
– Ida Joiner, Author, Technologist and Doctoral Student
“PQDT remains a key tool to help our students find out if their topic has been covered before or to find out what else has been done that’s related in their area. It’s also good for our professors to see what their students, or those from other universities, have done in their subject areas.”
— Tony Horava, Associate University Librarian (Collections), University of Ottawa
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