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Researchers worldwide will gain access to comprehensive body of graduate works from esteemed UK-based research institution

CAMBRIDGE, UK, March 10, 2021 – Graduate research from Lancaster University, named International University of the Year for 2020 by The Times, will now be included in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global® (PQDT) database – the largest curated database of dissertations and theses in the world.

Lancaster University has been consistently ranked among the UK’s top institutions – and with a campus in Ghana, a joint institute in China with Beijing Jiaotong University, and a new campus planned in Germany, Lancaster is truly a global research institution. The PQDT database now includes the full text of Lancaster University graduate students’ research theses.

Dissertations and theses often provide the most up-to-date, comprehensive and sometimes unique research on specific subjects. Now, more than four million researchers at 3,100 universities participating in PQDT around the world will have access to theses and dissertations authored by Lancaster graduates. Primary citations will appear in Google Scholar and other major subject indexes, and Lancaster can also track, monitor and see trends in usage with the new ETD Dashboard.

“I am delighted that Lancaster University Library has joined ProQuest’s globally recognized PQDT collection,” said Andrew Barker, Director of Library Services and Learning Development at Lancaster University. “Transformative research, and the dissemination of new knowledge, lies at the heart of our endeavors. Contributing our research to PQDT will strengthen its visibility and will support Lancaster University’s vision to be a globally significant university.”

“We are honored to welcome Lancaster University to the community of global research institutions who already include their graduate research in PQDT,” said Angela D’Agostino, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the university, and to making this crucial information available to scholars at every stage of their academic career.”

Originally created in 1939 in microfilm format, PQDT has grown to include more than 5.1 million works – 2.7 million in full text. The full spectrum of content in PQDT is also available in ProQuest One Academic.

Learn more about ProQuest’s dissertations and theses publishing options.

About Lancaster University

Lancaster University has been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Listed in the top 10 in three major league tables, Lancaster also has a TEF Gold ranking for teaching and is highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings. Lancaster is a research-intensive university, with 35 percent of research classed as world-leading and 48 percent classed as internationally excellent in the UK Government's latest independent review, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

About ProQuest (about.proquest.com)

ProQuest supports the important work in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates six centuries of content – the world’s largest collection of journals, ebooks, primary sources, dissertations, news, and video – and builds powerful workflow solutions to help libraries acquire and grow collections that inspire extraordinary outcomes. ProQuest products and services are used in academic, K-12, public, corporate and government libraries in 150 countries.

Along with its companies and affiliates Ex Libris, Alexander Street, and Bowker, ProQuest helps its customers achieve better research, better learning and better insights. For more information, visit our ProQuest and Extraordinary Stories blogs, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

10 March 2021


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