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Int Nurs Rev. 2009 Jun;56(2):159-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00703.x.

Electronic theses and dissertations: a review of this valuable resource for nurse scholars worldwide.

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  • 1Center for Nursing Research, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, USA. goodfellow@duq.edu

Abstract

OVERVIEW:

A worldwide repository of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) could provide worldwide access to the most up-to-date research generated by masters and doctoral students. Until that international repository is established, it is possible to access some of these valuable knowledge resources.

BACKGROUND:

ETDs provide a technologically advanced medium with endless multimedia capabilities that far exceed the print and bound copies of theses and dissertations housed traditionally in individual university libraries. CURRENT USE: A growing trend exists for universities worldwide to require graduate students to submit theses or dissertations as electronic documents. However, nurse scholars underutilize ETDs, as evidenced by perusing bibliographic citation lists in many of the research journals.

SOURCES:

ETDs can be searched for and retrieved through several digital resources such as the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (http://www.ndltd.org), ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (http://www.umi.com), the Australasian Digital Theses Program (http://adt.caul.edu.au/) and through individual university web sites and online catalogues.

BENEFITS:

An international repository of ETDs benefits the community of nurse scholars in many ways. The ability to access recent graduate students' research electronically from anywhere in the world is advantageous. For scholars residing in developing countries, access to these ETDs may prove to be even more valuable.

LIMITATIONS:

In some cases, ETDs are not available for worldwide access and can only be accessed through the university library from which the student graduated. Public access to university library ETD collections is not always permitted.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nurse scholars from both developing and developed countries could benefit from ETDs.

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