CUL’s recent subscription upgrade to Dissertations & Theses Full Text from ProQuest means SMU users now have increased access to full-text dissertations and theses.
Containing over 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1637 to the present day together with almost 1 million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format, the database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses available. 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 60,000 new full text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year. Proquest has established partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide to publish current dissertations, and the UMI’s Digital Archiving and Access Program digitizes dissertations retrospectively in collaboration with many of these institutions Of the nearly 1100 SMU dissertations represented in the database, 380 are full text.
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.