10 January 2008 News Releases

ProQuest adds Multimedia Files to Dissertations and Theses Database

ProQuest, the single authoritative source for doctoral dissertations and master's theses, now offers supplementary digital materials to current and future academic works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database.

ProQuest, the single authoritative source for doctoral dissertations and master's theses, now offers supplementary digital materials to current and future academic works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database.  These digital additions include audio, video, spreadsheets, and more.

"With the recent increase in dissertations and theses that contain supplementary materials, ProQuest is working to ensures researchers everywhere have access to these important works," said ProQuest Senior Vice President, Research Solutions , Boe Horton.  "Thousands of  libraries around the world that have access to PQDT will benefit from easily discovering graduate works regardless of the format in which they were created."

"ProQuest's 70-year experience preserving graduate research continues as dissertation and theses authors move beyond the printed page to express their ideas" said Austin McLean, Director of Scholarly Communication and Dissertation Publishing.  "As the format of dissertations and master's theses changes, ProQuest continues to ensure that these works will be readily accessible to current and future generations of researchers." 

The supplementary material is now available for existing documents, and will be added to PQDT for in all future dissertations where the author includes multimedia content.  All digital file types will be supported, All digital file types will be supported, including video, audio, Excel, Flash, and more.. 

Researchers around the world turn to the PQDT database to find graduate research in their areas of interest.  PQDT database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world.  The database includes over 2.4 million citations, representing works published as far back as 1637 and published as recently as last semester.  Every major research university in the United States and Canada is represented in the database.

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