Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) currently indexes over 1.6 million freely accessible electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions.
The OATD project is led by Thomas Dowling, director of technologies at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. For more information about OATD and how it compares with other resources for finding electronic theses and dissertations, see the article “Open Access Theses & Dissertations: Launch of a New OA Discovery Tool,” from Information Today.
In addition to this new open access resource, Stony Brook University Libraries subscribes to Dissertations and Theses Full-Text from ProQuest, which contains 1.2 million full-text dissertations, including most dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. It also includes 2.7 million citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day.