This page consists of seven sections:
You can access databases by title using the alphabetical links, or you can use the subject menu to see a list of databases recommended for your topic.
APU has access to the electronic full text versions of nearly all dissertations published in the U.S. since 1997 through a database called ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
In PQDT, you can search for dissertations by author, title, keyword, advisor, or issuing university, then download a PDF version of the full dissertation (as long as it was published 1997 or later).
Older dissertations can be purchased directly from ProQuest through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Just click on the "Order a Copy" link.
Looking at dissertations can be extremely helpful as you conduct your literature review. Not only can you get a feel for how literature reviews should be structured and written, but reading about the methodologies and sources used by authors with topics similar to yours can help you with your own research.
Additionally, most dissertations will include in their appendices copies of survey and testing instruments used in data collection. If you are considering the use of a particular survey or test in your own research, try searching PQDT for the name of the test to see if there are other dissertations that have used the instrument; many times a copy of the survey will be included in the dissertation. This can be a good way to evaluate whether the instrument is appropriate for your project.
Keep in mind that if you do decide to use a tool included in another dissertation, you must still get the proper permissions from the test's publisher before using it with your sample population. To find the publisher's contact information and pricing structure, along with a review of the test's validity, consult the Mental Measurements Yearbook database.
For more detailed information, please see the "How to Find Dissertations and Theses" LibGuide.
The ERIC database contains two kinds of information: traditional journal articles, and "ERIC Documents," which may be government reports, dissertations, conference papers, pamphlets, etc.
There are different steps involved in locating the full text of ERIC documents than are involved in locating full text journal articles from ERIC. These guides will help you through the process:
Cited reference searching allows you to trace the development of ideas throughout the research cycle. Using Web of Science's cited reference search, you can locate articles that have cited particular books and articles, thereby following a chain of citations.
The cited reference search process works best when you've identified an important scholar or research study, and want to discover articles that have cited that research.
Here's how it works:
NOTE: Even though most of the results you get in Web of Science do not provide full-text for the articles (so you will use the Full Text Finder button a lot!), you can essentially view the full-text bibliography of every result by clicking on the number link in 'Cited References.' The items that have links for the titles are items included in the Web of Science.