Web of Science database now includes Proquest dissertations and theses citation index

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Graduate student dissertations and theses contain a wealth of scholarship but are often overlooked because most go unpublished and can be difficult to locate. At the University of Lethbridge, graduate students submit digital versions to the Library which are described and hosted electronically in the OPUS research repository. Library staff facilitate sharing of materials via our agreements with both Library and Archives Canada’s Theses Canada Portal and ProQuest’s dissertation services, which enables these works to become part of the larger scholarly record. ProQuest receives similar submissions from thousands of universities around the world and has amassed a collection that totals in the millions. Document citations, abstracts and previews are accessible from the Dissertations & Theses Citation Index (PQDT) database product available via the Library.

In July 2023, Proquest integrated PQDT into its Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection which is another database available from the University Library. This means that PQDT will be included in WoS’s ‘All Databases’ search by default and can also be searched as a standalone database within WoS. To locate dissertations or theses specifically, a user can choose the option to search only the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Citation Index. University of Lethbridge students and faculty searching using PQDT within WoS can view “full-text” of all ULethbridge dissertations and theses but only a preview of those from other institutions. Please note that with the inclusion of PQDT in WoS, the Library will not renew its separate subscription to Dissertations & Theses Citation Index (PQDT).


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