PQDT, ProQuest Digital Dissertations (PQDD)
Dissertation Abstracts, Diss. Abs., Diss Abs
Index to Theses
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Indexing & authors' abstracts for most doctoral dissertations and some masters theses accepted each year in the United States and Canada (since 1861), plus thousands more from Great Britain and Ireland (since 1716), and selected other universities around the world (as far back as 1637). Includes full-text (in PDF) of most* dissertations submitted at University of Michigan and the 14 other CIC/Big Ten Universities since 1997.
*Two factors cause a certain percentage of dissertations not to be included:
1) Increasingly, universities are requiring that doctoral degree candidates deposit their dissertations into the university's online repository, and are changing submission to ProQuest from a requirement to an option. For example, as of 2012, University of Michigan requires deposit of dissertations into its Deep Blue online repository, and no longer requires submission to ProQuest. To the extent that authors elect not to submit their dissertations to ProQuest, its listings for dissertations are becoming gradually less complete over time. (Its listings for dissertations filed at U-M have declined from being about 80% complete for 2012 to only about 25% to 20% complete for 2013 and 2014, respectively.)
2) Authors of dissertations have the right to restrict access to the full text of their dissertation from all ProQuest databases and document delivery services if they so choose. Some publishers recommend or require blocking of access to the full text of a dissertation as a condition of publishing a revised version of a dissertation as a scholarly book. If access to a dissertation listed in ProQuest has been restricted by the author, a notification of this appears in the full record display, to the right, above the MGet It button.
Learn how to search for dissertations in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.
The ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database contains information about doctoral dissertations and master’s theses including: citations for dissertations beginning in 1861, abstracts for dissertations published from 1980 forward, and full-text from 1997 on. These dissertations and theses come from a world-wide variety of universities including Nova Southeastern University.
Let’s say I’d like to find a dissertation about the relationship between traffic stops and racial profiling. That means I want to find dissertations that have the key words traffic stops AND racial profiling.
I’ll start by typing “traffic stops” into the first search box. Notice that if I have a phrase with more than one word, I can use quotation marks to tell the database to keep these words next to each other when I search.
Now, I’ll move down to the next box and type “racial profiling.” I connect these two concepts with the word AND because I want dissertations that mention both of my concepts “traffic stops” AND “racial profiling.”
If you can think of any synonyms for your terms add them to the search box with the word OR. Using ORs will make your search broader, and you will get more results.
Consider checking off the doctoral dissertations box if you would like to view only doctoral dissertations. Then click search.
Once you have results, hover over the preview button to learn more about each dissertation or click on the Full text- PDF link to view the entire dissertation.
On the right you will see options to narrow down your results including by university and by publication date.
As an NSU student you may have the opportunity to submit your finished dissertation to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. Please consult with your individual college for requirements.
Remember, if you have any questions, please ask a librarian for assistance.