ProQuest in Ann Arbor and CALIS Bring Chinese Dissertations to Global Audience


Ann Arbor’s cloud-based information provider ProQuest and the China Academic Library Information System (CALIS) have had more than a decade of collaboration, and are now enabling global access to more than 270,000 dissertation abstracts from prominent Chinese universities.

The records, captured in English, are available in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global Database (PQDT), allowing 3,000 universities worldwide to discover graduate research from Chinese institutions.

This is the second major dissertations project from ProQuest and CALIS, who have worked together since 2003 when they created a dissertations resource that empowers CALIS member libraries to discover and access the full text of more than 630,000 dissertations.

“This important collaboration between ProQuest and CALIS enables discovery of Chinese research of increasing worldwide significance, particularly in science,” says Rafael Sidi, senior vice president and general manager of information solutions at ProQuest. “We’re honored that CALIS has entrusted us with this essential content, and excited to take a big step forward in our goal to curate scholarship from all over the world and simplify its discoverability for the global research community.”

Additionally, the program provides insights about how different university dissertations are being used. The libraries also can monitor popularity of dissertations by work and subject area, pinpointing their strengths on a global scale, which can help institutions attract higher caliber students and faculty.

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