UMI Dissertation Abstracts--
UMI/ProQuest Digital Dissertations is the most authoritative database for information regarding doctoral dissertations and master’s theses from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities. Coverage of dissertation information began in 1861 with only reference citations. However, since 1980 it has included searchable abstracts of doctoral dissertations, and since 1988 carried abstracts of theses. Full texts of more than one million dissertations and theses can be ordered in paper and microfilm formats from the vendor.Advantages
The following suggestions and resources will help you get started using UMI/ProQuest.
a) Electronically formated dissertations and theses can be readily ordered downloaded. Texts would be in PDF or TIFF images. Texts available electronically are dissertations and theses published since 1997. The price is $21.50 per text, excluding state and local taxes, payable by credit card only.
b) You can also order a hard copy from UMI. Prices range from $29.95 for an unbound paper copy that is sent within five to seven days by priority mail, to $46.00 for a hardcover bound copy that takes about three to four weeks weeks. Microfiche or 35mm film copies can also be purchased from UMI for $34.50 per text. Delivery time for microfiche or film copies is about three weeks. Orders can be placed online, by phone, fax or mail. Payment for hard copy orders can be made using credit card, check or money order. Mail orders and payments to: Bell & Howell, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.
c) You can also purchase
an unbound paper copy at a reduced rate through Dissertation Express, a
service offered to students and faculty of GWU. To place an order
through Dissertation Express, go to the Interlibrary Loan Window located
at the far end of Gelman Library, first floor, near the copy machines.
The window is open from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
(Hours do vary by semester, so check the posted times). Fill out
the order form with the dissertation or thesis publication number.
During off-hours you may submit the completed form at the drop box.
Orders are usually processed within three to five days. The cost
is $10.00 each for the first five texts per semester per student/faculty
member, and $21.50 for each subsequent text. There are no page length
limits. Dissertation Express will deliver your order in about three
to five business days.
If you encounter trouble when doing UMI/ProQuest searches, review the Trail Guides again. For more complex searches, it may be easier to use the “Advanced” search option (click on the tab above the search statement dialog box instead of the default “Basic” search. If you still need help, ask for assistance from a reference librarian. Assistance in searches, orders, etc. is also provided by the vendor (Bell and Howell) from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time at 1-800-521-3042. Also they can be reached by fax at 1-734-662-4554 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Update: October 5, 2000