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September 28, 2005

Tips to Start Your Research

Did you know that the Kelvin Smith Library maintains a web page of tips for those getting ready to start research? To get some direction in your research visit the How do I? web page.

In addition, each librarian at the Kelvin Smith Library specializes in specific subjects, and provides resources for their faculty and students. Visit the Research Guides for direction within a specific subject area.

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September 22, 2005

Online Directory of Schools/Colleges and Libraries

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has updated it's databases of educational institutions in the U.S. The NCES is the primary federal organization for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. The Search for Schools, Colleges and Libraries database has been updated with more recent data for both public and private schools. Conduct a search and get a fact sheet for each institution listed. Depending on the type of school, each report includes contact information, characteristics of the school, degrees offered, enrollment data and financial data.

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Free Dissertation/Theses SItes

Dr. John Jaeger, a librarian at Dallas Baptist University has compiled a list of web sites that offer access to lists of Dissertations/Theses.

Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur Citations to French dissertations.

Australian Digital Theses Program This site provides both citation and full-text access to a few thousand theses and dissertations published in Australia.

The British Library The British Library provides access to citations of theses from British universities (most doctoral theses from the early 1970s onward), from the United States (475,000 doctoral theses), and from Canada (several hundred doctoral theses from 1980 forward).

Center for Research Libraries Twenty thousand doctoral dissertations from outside of the United States and Canada are searchable from this site. Items can be ordered through ILL by students, faculty, and staff.

Cybertheses Cybertheses allows access to citations of French dissertations from 1972 to the present.

Digital Library and Archives Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.

Directory of Dissertations in Progress "The Directory contains 3,804 dissertations in progress at 170 academic departments in Canada and the U.S." This is a citation database of dissertations in progress in the area of history. has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950 to the present.

NDLTD - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.

PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.

Proquest Digital Dissertations Proquest provides the past two years of citations and abstracts in their Digital Dissertations database at no cost.

Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.

Theses Link Collection This site gives links to dissertation/theses search sites in many different countries, including Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.

TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network TREN provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows searching of 6,800 items.

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September 12, 2005

Google versus the Library

In the August 15th issue of Forbes, Stephen Manes discusses the resources that libraries offer which Google cannot match. He touches on examples of several resources, include fulltext materials that are usually exclusive to library users.

Just viewing this article can show a user why libraries can be superior to the Internet in locating resources. has made the article available, but a person must register first to see it. The Kelvin Smith Library has THREE methods to access this article for free for faculty and students, which becomes obvious when you search the A-Z Electronic Journal List. For example, a member of the Case community on the campus network or using the VPN access can view the fulltext of the article through EBSCO Academic Search Premier.

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September 06, 2005

Google Keyword versus Classification Systems

Thomas Mann, a Reference Librarian in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, provided a nice summary of why Google's keyword searching will never replace the Library of Congress and other library-related classification schemes in scholastic research.

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September 01, 2005

Government Podcasts

The ResearchBuzz on August 18, 2005, shared information about a web site that is collecting links to government podcasts.

The creators of Free Government Information (FGI) have accumulated links to a variety of Government Podcasts. Examples include:

  • President's Weekly Radio Address
  • Around the Air Force Podcast
  • NASA Podcasting
  • NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Podcasts
[About Us - Free Government Information]
The future of government information is in peril from many economic and political forces. Free Government Information was initiated by Jim A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo, three librarians at University of California San Diego, along with Daniel Cornwall, librarian at the Alaska State Library, in order to raise public awareness of the importance of government information and create a community with various stakeholders to facilitate an open and critical dialogue.

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