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Get connected with China’s researchers for the first time.

The world of post-graduate research is a vast and wild place. Granted, there are no lions or rhinos or deadly virus-laden mosquitoes to worry about, but it’s certainly a frontier that has no borders.

The best part about this level of research is the collaboration that can happen between colleagues, cross-culturally and beyond time zones. Often, a post-grad researcher will need to find work others have done, to see what has or has not been accomplished already, and reset their work accordingly.

But, as when I was in grad school, many students are living on credit cards and/or student loans, and don’t have the resources to travel to review these documents in person.

That’s where ProQuest Dissertations & Theses comes in.

ProQuest is now providing the first-ever global access to abstracts from 80 Chinese universities. Last year alone, ProQuest added more than 89,000 new full-text dissertations and theses (as well as A&I for 150,000 dissertations) from leading Chinese academic institutions.

And that’s not all. Did you know that ProQuest now has dissertation publishing partnerships with more than 1,700 academic institutions and organizations worldwide? During 2011 alone, 56 new institutions joined the publishing program, including 22 international universities—from Hong Kong, Brazil, Philippines, Canada, India, Malaysia, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

In addition, a series of new partnerships in the UK, including University College London and University of Cardiff, have broadened the scope and diversity of ProQuest’s dissertations archive.

Talk about a vast frontier! We’d love to hear any collaboration stories from you, or comments on how digital access to dissertations and theses may have changed your project in an unanticipated direction.

09 May 2013 | Posted by Shannon Janeczek

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