Theses & Dissertations

Theses Canada Portal

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This is your central access point for Canadian theses and information about the Theses Canada program. From here you will be able to:

  • Search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in Library and Archives Canada's theses collection, which was established in 1965;
  • Access and search the full text electronic versions of numerous Canadian theses and dissertations;
  • Find out everything you need to know about Theses Canada, including how to find a thesis, how our program works, information on copyright and much more.

(from the website)

Digital versions of most theses from 1998 - August 2002 are available online. Others can be ordered through our Interlibrary Loans. Theses date as far back as 1965 and can include MA and PhD theses.

Not all theses from all universities are included on this site, since participation is voluntary.

See more information on the website.

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For more information on locating theses, see our webpage: Dissertation and Theses.

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Varies - can go back as far as 1965 for microfiche.
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Ongoing. Online these are not being updated.

Social Work Abstracts

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Social Work Abstracts offers extensive coverage of more than 450 social work and human services journals dating back to 1965. Produced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the database provides indexing and abstracts dealing with all aspects of the social work field, including theory and practice, areas of service and social issues and problems. Researchers seeking scholarly and professional perspectives on subjects such as therapy, education, human services, addictions, child and family welfare, mental health, civil and legal rights, and more will find Social Work Abstracts to be an indispensable resource. (from the website)

Content is predominantly American, but does include articles from Canada, Britain, and Australia.

The focus of this database is on the applied practice of the profession. For more policy oriented information try the Social Services Abstracts Information about the database database.

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A maximum of 4 simultaneous users is permitted.  If you cannot connect because it's busy, try again later.

This is not a full text database, but it provides links to Get It! Trent.

The link provided here opens several databases (Social Work Abstracts, Academic Search Elite, EBSCO E-Books) with an option to also include Public Administration Abstracts.  From the database selection screen you can choose which ones to search.  Hint: click on a title to search that databases exclusively.

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1965 - current
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monthly
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

To locate a stable URL in EBSCO, click on the title of an article to view the full citation

  • Click the "Permalink" icon on the right side of the screen.
  • A box opens with the permalink displayed. 
  • Add the proxy prefix to the front, for off-campus access: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

Note that this url can only bring a user back to the citation in the Social Work Abstracts database.  If you want to link to the full text of an article, follow the link to the article and look for a durable URL at that site.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT)

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This database was not renewed in 2016.  Our access ceased at the end of February 2016.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses —  over 3 million dissertation and theses available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDT — Full Text provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

PQDT is available on the Web through ProQuest® Databases .

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Where there are no direct links to full text, use to locate full-text availability.

Coverage: 
1637-- present Full-Text - Most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.
Update Frequency: 
Ongoing.
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

When you have full record for an item, look for "Document URL" at the bottom. Check to see if the the proxy prefix is included. Copy this link for a stable url. See the ProQuest information sheet.

ProQuest

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The ProQuest search has replaced the former Scholars Portal Search, and most databases are available through ProQuest now. Trent currently subscribes to:

  • BioOne
  • CBCA (Canadian Business & Current Affairs)
  • ERIC (Education Resources)
  • GenderWatch
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Globe & Mail 1844-2011
  • Philosopher's Index
  • PILOTS (traumatic stres)
    • Proquest Dissertations and Theses
      • ProQuest Education Journals
      • ProQuest Nursing Journals
      • ProQuest Sociology
      • PsycARTICLES
      • PsycINFO
      • Social Services Abstracts
      • Sociological Abstracts

      You can select specific databases to search and see descriptions of each, using the blue bar at the top of the screen: click "Change".

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      Where there are no direct links to full text, use to locate full-text availability.

      Coverage: 
      Varies depending on the database.
      Update Frequency: 
      Varies by database.
      Stable URL: 

      A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

      When you have full record for an item, look for "Document URL" at the bottom. Check to see if the the proxy prefix is included. Copy this link for a stable url. See the image below:

      Some ProQuest databases use the doi system to create a stable link.

      To link to a particular article via doi, look for the line that provides a doi and use it create a link.

      Example:
      DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013
      Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013

      To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
      http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

      Since this database also contains links to Get it Trent! you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.

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