ProQuest Digital Dissertations (PQDD), a part of the ProQuest line of research databases since 1997, will soon be renamed ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT). It will also migrate to the ProQuest online information service, merging all the PQDD features and content with the ProQuest platform. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions.
PQDT is scheduled to start its phased migration to the ProQuest platform during December. The new platform is designed to permit an institution's entire ProQuest user community to access its PQDT content. The new name of the database, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, is intended to better reflect its inclusion of both master's theses and doctoral dissertations. New features available in Phase 1 of the migration include: Multi-language interface; Online usage reports; Support for citation downloads into RefWorks and EndNote; Email alerting service when new dissertations are added in a specified subject area; Interface support for text-only functionality and other ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) recommendations; School branding and direct links back to the school library; and Username access using Athens Access Management.
In 2005, two more phases will be released. ProQuest expects that the current PQDD interface will be fully operational through the first two phases, and PQDD customers may choose either the current or the new interface during this interim period. Current PQDD customers will receive emails in the next few months with details on the release, plus a preview demo to give a sense of the new look and feel of this interface.