Welcome to Day 3 of the Power Researcher Challenge!
Theses and dissertations represent the culmination of scholarly and creative work undertaken by many students at their college or university. They can serve multiple purposes:
Did you know?
Just like the myriad streaming services you might use to watch your favorite shows, there's no one-stop shop for all theses and dissertations. There are many places you can search for this type of research, depending on what you're looking for. Let's explore some together!
Let's get started!
1. Go to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
2. Search for dissertations and theses in your field or discipline, or in a field/discipline that interests you. Consider limiting your results to a timeframe of interest.
3. Look at the abstract of one of the items in your results list, to get a sense of the work.
Note: In addition to the abstract, most theses or dissertations published after 1997 will be available full text.
4. Find and save the permanent link to a dissertation of relevance to your work.
Pro Tip: you can save a link to a thesis or dissertation, in order to return to them at a later time, by using the permanent link available on the Abstract/Details page. The permanent link is called "Document URL." Here's what it will look like:
Here is an example of a permanent link to a dissertation in the ProQuest database: Effect of Internet and Conventional Advertisement Exposure on Electronic Cigarette Use among Adolescents: Findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey.
Did you know?
Beyond ProQuest, there are many places to find dissertations and theses, including those that are freely accessible and do not require a subscription to access. Open access theses and dissertations may be of particular interest to those of you who leave the university setting at some point, and/or those of you who work with community partners who may not have access to the library's subscription resources. Several options are included in the lists below.
For example, there are University of Maine theses and dissertations
And, theses and dissertations produced outside the University of Maine
BONUS Challenge: Explore one of the databases above! Take a moment to explore one or more of the databases outside the University of Maine, particularly those that will provide international lenses on issues of interest to you. Consider what other scholars are studying, and how they're approaching their research, in ways that may inform your own scholarly practice.
Preparing for your next challenge
Great job! You now know how to find a wide range of theses and dissertations, which will help you stay current in your discipline and explore important but unpublished works. In Day 4, we'll look at how to find retracted information and how it can inform your research process.
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