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EBSCO to Digitize Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities

EBSCO to Digitize Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities through a Grant from the H.W. Wilson Foundation
~ EBSCO to Provide a New Free Database Providing Indexing for More Than
100,000 Dissertations Accepted by American Universities Between 1933 and 1955 ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 26, 2014 — The H.W. Wilson Foundation has announced that it will fund the digitization of the print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU) under a new agreement with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). EBSCO will digitize the content and build a free database in cooperation with the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston.

The Congregational Library & Archives in Boston will coordinate the management of the project for the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The database will be openly available online and searchable by fields that include dissertation title, author and school. Since DDAAU can be added to EBSCOhost® or EBSCO Discovery Service™ profiles, libraries can also establish custom links to the full text where it may reside for them (in the institutional repositories, etc.).

DDAAU was published by the H.W. Wilson Company from the years 1933 through 1955. This print index was compiled annually for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities was the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities during that period of time.

EBSCO will host the DDAAU database on the EBSCOhost platform and the content will be available via EBSCO Discovery Service but EBSCO will also make DDAAU freely available to researchers on the open Web worldwide.

H. W. Wilson Foundation President, Harold Regan, says offering an online database of these records will allow universities to match up their own print/electronic holdings of past dissertations to the index. “The benefit of digitizing the DDAAU index will be the reclaiming bibliographic control of US dissertations since there is no searchable index available of dissertations published during the 1930s to 1950s.“

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mark Herrick says this database is a way to pull together dissertations to expose their valuable content and provide a roadmap to these previously hidden theses. “By digitizing Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities and making it available for free, EBSCO is providing a new way to access scholarly writing for a vital time period in American history.”

The database is expected to be available in September 2014.

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