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ProQuest reaches out to improve dissertation access

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ProQuest is teaming with other information providers to improve ease of access to dissertations and theses by making them discoverable in context with other relevant content.

The company’s database of graduate works is being indexed in such research tools as Ei Compendex, The Philosopher’s Index and others adding major new avenues of discovery. Users of these resources will benefit from a more comprehensive literature search from their existing discovery workflow, while dissertation authors benefit by having their work exposed to more researchers.

'Dissertations are vital tools for finding cutting-edge research, important supplemental material like data sets and long-form versions of research that is often shortened when published as journal articles,' said Austin McLean, director, scholarly communication and dissertations publishing at ProQuest.

'Collaborations with publishers of essential databases enables ProQuest to broaden access to these important sources by surfacing them within researchers’ established discovery workflows.'

The content being indexed comes from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global), the seminal repository of intellectual property and emerging research from the world’s leading universities – now discoverable in more than 35 scholarly databases.

ProQuest is teaming with such organisations as Elsevier, publisher of Engineering Village, the home of Ei Compendex, to index engineering and other relevant sci-tech dissertations in this widely-used discovery tool.