Uncover the Undiscovered

The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT) ™ database is the world's most comprehensive curated collection of multi-disciplinary dissertations and theses from around the world, offering over 5 million citations and 3 million full-text works from thousands of universities.

Within dissertations and theses is a wealth of scholarship, yet it is often overlooked because most go unpublished. Uncover new ideas and innovations with more confidence and efficiency. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global delivers a focused path for researchers by tapping into a global network of connected research.

Dissertation references can be a treasure trove for obscure topics, here students discover shorter works like articles.

Scott Dennis, Librarian Core Electronic Resources, University of Michigan

Connecting Global Scholarship

Disseminating since 1939

Disseminating since 1939

Disseminating graduate works since 1939, and is the largest editorially curated repository of dissertations and theses.

5+ million works

5+ million works

A multi-disciplinary collection of over 5 million citations and 3 million full text works.

250,000 Annually

250,000 Annually

The database increases in size by 250,000 works each year and is designated as the official dissertation repository by the United States Library of Congress.

4M Researchers

4M Researchers

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is used by over 4 million researchers at 3,100+ institutions around the world.

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DISCOVER unique scholarship

  • Provides credible research on unique, niche, and trending topics, often not published elsewhere
  • Provides access to global and diverse perspectives, helping to close diversity gaps in mainstream publishing channels
  • Removes friction and obstacles from the research process by making full text available in one location
  • Retrieves equitable search results, which places equal value on quality scholarship no matter where it is from

UNCOVER the value of dissertations

  • Introduces users to new source types
  • Reaches more students, helps more users in a virtual environment
  • Addresses user needs immediately when they need it
  • Nurtures career aspirations in academia
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FOCUS your research path

Citation Connections are the next step in the evolution of the ProQuest Platform, moving the recommender functionality beyond standard keyword lists towards technology that leverages citation data, bibliometrics, and knowledge graph technology. Focus your research path by finding the most relevant and influential works faster.

  • Supports researchers to become more efficient and effective.
  • Leads researchers of all levels quickly to the most relevant, credible sources.
  • Provides a focused path to building comprehensive foundational knowledge in any research area.
  • Integrates with other library resources, enhances the value of other ProQuest subscriptions by providing insights into how the research is connected.
Success Story
Progressing STEM Studies with a Critical Primary Research Source

Progressing STEM Studies with a Critical Primary Research Source

Author, Technologist, and Doctoral Student, Ida Joiner shares her story on leveraging dissertations to engage with current trends, cite a comprehensive foundation and build towards her own research goals.

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 Avoiding Bias by Starting at the Source

Avoiding Bias by Starting at the Source

Dr. Terri D. Pigott, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health at the College of Education, Georgia State University, on Avoiding Bias by Starting at the Source.

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Testimonials

Avoiding Bias by Starting at the Source

Professor Terri Pigott Ph.D. discusses the expectations she presents to her students on meta-analysis and unbiased research requirements and how the use of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global helps to ensure that comprehensive data sets are included in new research outputs.

Using Dissertations as a Primary Source

Student researcher and published author Ida Joiner discusses how she uses ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global as a core resource that helps her to build towards her own research goals.


Success Story
Improving Diversity in Curriculum by Uncovering Unheard Voices

Improving Diversity in Curriculum by Uncovering Unheard Voices

Psychology Professors and Research Scientists come together to build a course and write a supplemental text for Psychology curriculum emphasizing the dissertations by women of color prior to 1980, filling research gaps in the early history of psychology.

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The Erasure of Drag Contribution in Performance History

The Erasure of Drag Contribution in Performance History

Dr. Lady J, Ph.D., documents the historical impact, influence, contributions that drag performers have made to politics, music, film, fashion, and popular culture in her dissertation. Her goal is to document and make this history available for broad educational outreach.

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Text and Data Mining Projects

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is one of the most requested data-sets for text and data mining because of its broad historic to present-day coverage and deep and comprehensive data results found in the full-text records. TDM Studio can be used alongside PQDT to easily and efficiently extract data and analyze it. See the list below for articles and projects published by scholars who used ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global data:

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Success Story
Trends in the Evolution of Research and Doctoral Education

Trends in the Evolution of Research and Doctoral Education

Bruce A. Weinberg, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Public Affairs from The Ohio State University shares how text and data mining of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global allows researchers to understand doctoral career trajectory patterns.

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Improving Graduate Student Outcomes

Improving Graduate Student Outcomes

Dr. Jearl (Ken) Helvey, Assistant Professor of Education – Doctoral Program at Texas Wesleyan University on how incorporating dissertations into the curriculum improved the doctoral student success at Texas Wesleyan University.

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