IPSWICH, Mass. — November 17, 2016 — American Doctoral Dissertations, a free database made available by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), OhioLINK, H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, now offers greater coverage of 20th century research and access to full text. The enhanced American Doctoral Dissertations, accessible at http://www.OpenDissertations.com, includes more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 80,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present and a link to full text, when available, is included.
American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955, was first made available by EBSCO and the H.W. Wilson Foundation in 2014 as a new way to access scholarly writing that was previously difficult for researchers to find. EBSCO and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston worked together to digitize the content and build the free database from the volumes originally published by the H.W. Wilson Company. Since that time, many EBSCO customers have added the free resource to their profile.
The enhanced American Doctoral Dissertations, expands the comprehensive record of dissertations and exposes more content with links to full text. The dissertations and theses from OhioLINK represent student research from 31 colleges and universities. The citations include a link to access the full text, when available, via the individual Institutional Repository, where the thesis or dissertation is housed.
"OhioLINK's open access ETD center now provides over 60,000 digital dissertations and theses for global access," said Gwen Evans, Executive Director of OhioLINK. "OhioLINK supports increased access and discoverability of our open access materials, and partnering with EBSCO and the H.W. Wilson Foundation is a great way to increase the visibility of Ohio graduate research. We were so pleased when EBSCO approached us about adding the metadata and link to the ETD Center into the American Doctoral Dissertations index. We just added the capability to batch upload many older digitized dissertations to the ETD, so an even richer collection of Ohio materials soon will be available."
Theses and dissertations records from Rochester Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University are also included in American Doctoral Dissertations. Data from all the repositories will be updated regularly and additional repositories are planned in the near future.
American Doctoral Dissertations is accessible at http://www.OpenDissertations.com. The database is searchable by fields that include dissertation title, author and school.
EBSCO is hosting American Doctoral Dissertations on the EBSCOhost platform and the content is available via EBSCO Discovery Service. The EBSCO Support Site contains information to help librarians learn more about adding the database to their EBSCOhost profiles.
Established in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio's statewide academic library consortium and serves more than 600,000 end users. A member of the Ohio Technology Consortium of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, OhioLINK provides a competitive advantage for Ohio's higher education community by cooperatively and cost-effectively acquiring, providing access to and preserving an expanding array of print and digital resources, and by centrally hosting digital content. Together, OhioLINK and its member libraries provide users access to nearly 50 million books and other library materials, more than 100 electronic research databases, more than 81,000 e-books, thousands of images and videos, and millions of electronic journal articles. www.ohiolink.edu.
About the Congregational Library and Archives
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About the H.W. Wilson Foundation
The Foundation was established by Halsey W. Wilson in 1952 to support the needs of company employees and retirees. Since 1957, The H.W.Wilson Foundation has focused on providing financial assistance to causes having the greatest impact on improving the spirit, mind and body of the greatest number of people through aid, support and cooperation with charitable, benevolent, educational and religious institutions. Major donors to the Foundation included Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Wilson, and the H.W. Wilson Company. http://thwwf.org/
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