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Dissertations and theses complete your library collection by surfacing original research that can often be the only source of information on a given topic.
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Comprehensive historic and ongoing coverage from universities ensures effective, efficient results.
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In disciplines where journals are not the primary form of scholarly communication, dissertations offer access to significant primary research that is not published in any other format and they surface seminal ideas from notable scholars.
Enhance Research in the Sciences
Dissertations provide additional context for research published in journals or conference proceedings while surfacing hard to find information such as negative results.
Add a New Dimension to Literature Reviews
Dissertations are an important and valuable tool for literature reviews, with deep coverage and extensive bibliographies that surface sources and ideas that would otherwise be missed.
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Audio, video, data, survey instruments, and other types of digital files are included for thousands of works.
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Online access to citations and abstracts for international dissertations and theses. The database includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester. Citations for dissertations published from 1980 forward also include 350-word abstracts, written by the author. Citations for master’s theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Of the 1.7 million titles listed, UMI offers abstracts for over a million. For these titles, the database citation includes UMI’s order number.
Over 100,000 dissertations have been digitized and are available in full text. Those University of Delaware dissertations which have been digitized are free to University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff. It is generally six to nine months from the time a student submits a dissertation to the University of Delaware Graduate Studies Office until that dissertation is available online. For dissertations and theses from 2007 and later, it is possible in Advanced Search to limit by academic department.
Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24-page previews available.
The full text of over 100,000 dissertations is available. Dissertations are available in two formats: Full PDF and TIFF images wrapped in PDF. Those institutions that submit dissertations electronically will see their documents in full PDF; those that submit in paper will see their documents in TIFF images.
Dissertations & Theses @ University of Delaware is a subset of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and includes only University of Delaware dissertations and theses. Dissertation Express enables students, faculty, staff, and researchers to order their own unbound copies of dissertations and theses with express delivery to their home, school or office. The database can be searched by author or title and covers 1861 to the present. Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) (Library Annex Z5055 .U5A53) contains abstracts and additional information for theses before 1980.
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