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Dissertations & Theses Global Database: Home

This guide provides tips on using this database effectively.

Dissertations & Theses Global

Using the Database

The Dissertations & Theses database contains the full text of many dissertations.  Often the most useful part of a dissertation is its Works Cited pages.  Using someone else's bibliography is an excellent way of furthering your research with little effort on your part.

 ·   Use the default settings for a general search on your topic.

o      Enclose phrases in quotation marks – “information literacy"

§      Avoid long phrases; you are searching for terminology the author might have used.

o     Use the truncation symbol,  * , (shift 8) to search for all forms of a word (librar* = library, libraries, librarian, librarians)

o     Use Boolean operators – and, or, not. 

§      and - all the terms/phrases entered must appear in results.  

§      or - any or all of the terms/phrases entered can appear in results. 

§      not - used to exclude terms/phrases from results.

 ·   Click the title links to view abstracts.

 ·   Click the PDF link to view the entire dissertation.

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Leslie N. Todd
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University of the Incarnate Word
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