17 March 2022

Australia’s Charles Darwin University Joins the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Collection

Researchers worldwide will gain access to comprehensive body of graduate works from the innovative institution

Charles Darwin University, an innovative institution with six campuses across Australia, has joined the Dissertations and Theses program at ProQuest, part of Clarivate. The University will now contribute its graduate students’ output to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT), a leading source of emerging research from universities around the world.

“We were looking for a publishing platform with strong customer and technical support, which led us to ProQuest,” said Anthony Hornby, Director of Library Services for Charles Darwin. “We’ve been very pleased with ProQuest’s speed and agility in transferring our backfile and getting our students’ theses online in an efficient manner, and we’re looking forward to working with them to further disseminate our emerging research through PQDT.”

Charles Darwin University is a dual-sector university, which means the university offers vocational education and training courses and higher education undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that cover a wide range of subjects and disciplines. The university ranked 91 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Ranking of 2019, placing it among the world’s top universities for impact on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for Quality Education.

By partnering with ProQuest, Charles Darwin will make hundreds of its doctoral and master’s research works available via full text to PQDT users at 3,100 universities around the globe. Citations by Charles Darwin graduates will appear in Google Scholar and other major subject indexes, making the theses easily discoverable by those who need it. CDU can also track, monitor and see trends in usage with the ProQuest ETD Dashboard.

“Emerging research is crucial to the global academic community, and dissertations and theses often provide the most up-to-date research on a given subject,” said Angela D’Agostino, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. “We are honored to provide universities around the world with access to the important content from the global south and the unique perspectives researchers in Australia provide on many topics.”

Originally created in 1939 in microfilm format, PQDT has grown to meet the increasing demand of technology and the global research community to archive and disseminate graduate works digitally. Its large content collection – five million works, with 2.9 million in full text – is one of the most comprehensive repositories of dissertations and theses available. 

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. The full spectrum of content in PQDT is also available in ProQuest One Academic.