Ann Arbor, Mich., 24 October 2017 - Western Sydney University (WSU) has joined the ProQuest dissertations and theses publishing program. The university will contribute its graduate students' dissertations and theses to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT), the leading global source of emerging research from the world's greatest universities. WSU research output and its researchers will be visible to hundreds of thousands of PQDT users and be broadly discoverable via citations in numerous major subject indexes.
PQDT is widely used in Australia and New Zealand universities, helping researchers expand their knowledge and improve their research. Now, these local researchers as well as others at more than 3,000 universities around the world will have access to the thousands of dissertations and theses produced at Western Sydney University.
"Incorporating Western Sydney University's PhD theses into the largest and most unique global corpus of theses, along with the 35 top subject and disciplinary resources increases the visibility of this vitally important content and complements the University's repository, ResearchDirect," said Michael Gonzalez, WSU University Librarian. "Most students completing a thesis immediately enter the job market, so ensuring the widest possible audience for their research is a key component of the University's mission."
"The millions of searches conducted on PQDT each year will now produce an even richer picture of global research with the addition of these quality works from WSU," said Austin McLean, Director of Product Management. "We're honored to include WSU in the growing PQDT program, and help them expand the reach of their research to universities and scholars around the world."
Originally created in 1939 in microfilm format, PQDT has grown to meet the increasing demand of the global research community to archive and disseminate graduate work from these institutions. Their extensive bibliographies are often relied upon to surface sources that might otherwise be missed. PQDT's fast and seamless discovery of more than 4.5 million works – 2.1 million in full text – improves access to this important content. Cross-searching with other scholarly material on the ProQuest platform simplifies research workflows even further, saving time for users and broadening the scope of their searches.
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