I had promised to be sharing some online resources in the next couple weeks. This week, I am providing information on accessing Electronic Theses/Dissertations (ETD's)
Three Ways to Access Free Online Theses and Dissertations.
What is the difference between theses and dissertations? The two terms are used interchangeably, although in the United States theses are often considered the final work of a master’s degree and dissertations that final work of a doctorate
Dissertations are especially useful because of the quality of their bibliographies. As an intensive literature review is one of the components of dissertations, they can be especially useful in getting a quick assessment of the state of scholarship. For this reason, current dissertations are especially useful.
The following sites for Open Access Dissertations and Theses provide a wide range of dissertations. This is the future of academic publishing.
- PQDT Open: subset of Proquest Dissertation Abstracts. 33K and growing daily. Documents can be opened in Adobe Reader. Search at http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/search.html.
- Open Access Theses and Dissertations: graduate theses and dissertations published around the world from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. https://oatd.org/
- NDLTD, (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) information on electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), many of which are open access. http://search.ndltd.org/