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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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Indexing & authors' abstracts for most doctoral dissertations and some masters theses accepted each year in the United States and Canada (since 1861), plus thousands more from Great Britain and Ireland (since 1716), and selected other universities around the world (as far back as 1637). Includes full-text (in PDF) of most* dissertations submitted at University of Michigan and the 14 other CIC/Big Ten Universities since 1997.
*Two factors cause a certain percentage of dissertations not to be included:
1) Increasingly, universities are requiring that doctoral degree candidates deposit their dissertations into the university's online repository, and are changing submission to ProQuest from a requirement to an option. For example, as of 2012, University of Michigan requires deposit of dissertations into its Deep Blue online repository, and no longer requires submission to ProQuest. To the extent that authors elect not to submit their dissertations to ProQuest, its listings for dissertations are becoming gradually less complete over time. (Its listings for dissertations filed at U-M have declined from being about 80% complete for 2012 to only about 25% to 20% complete for 2013 and 2014, respectively.)
2) Authors of dissertations have the right to restrict access to the full text of their dissertation from all ProQuest databases and document delivery services if they so choose. Some publishers recommend or require blocking of access to the full text of a dissertation as a condition of publishing a revised version of a dissertation as a scholarly book. If access to a dissertation listed in ProQuest has been restricted by the author, a notification of this appears in the full record display, to the right, above the MGet It button.