Thursday 25th July, 2013
11:30am to 12:00pm
Kravis Center Lower Court 62
Speaker: Gail Clement, Associate Professor & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
This paper presents preliminary findings of research investigating the completeness of various search and retrieval services that purport to provide bibliographic control of American theses and dissertations. The coverage of each respective search tool is compared against the known output of 20th century dissertations. Model searches run in each service demonstrate that no single tool currently provides comprehensive access to American theses and dissertations; rather, each provides a particular slice, offering both strengths and limitations. The conclusion of this research suggests that the need for an all-inclusive portal of American ETD's is greater than ever, as students exercise their options to submit their graduate works to an ever-expanding range of Web discovery services.
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