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The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform to support Purdue researchers and their collaborators.
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About the Repository
Purdue e-Pubs is a Digital Commons project that highlights university scholarship of various types (working papers, journal articles, dissertations and theses, etc.). The Purdue e-Pubs policies can be found here .
About Institutional Repositories
Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research.
IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR.
Where can I learn more about IRs?
The Association of Research Libraries is a good resource for information about Institutional Repositories. The following paper, "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper" by Raym Crow, defines Institutional Repositories and argues their merits within an academic institution.
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Using Figshare as an Electronic Theses and Dissertation Repository
The Graduate School at Purdue University has launched HammerRR - the Electronic Theses and Dissertation Repository of the Graduate School. HammerRR is powered by figshare. Figshare as a solution was evaluated by a project team headed up by Ashlee Messersmith, Manager, Theses & Dissertations Office, and Purdue Graduate School, and Jamie Mohler, Associate Dean of the Purdue Graduate School.
HammerRR is just one example of how the figshare managed repository infrastructure can be implemented quickly to serve next-generation digital repository needs. These needs include support for publication of dissertations in the form of a music score, artwork portfolios, 3D models being submitted as theses, and GIS maps being submitted as part of a thesis project.
The Graduate School at Purdue University selected figshare as a managed service with 100 terabytes of Amazon AWS storage provided as part of the package.
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Finding Conference Papers in Education
Not all subject databases index conference papers/proceedings. ERIC and PsycINFO are useful if looking for conference proceedings in Education.
- PsycINFO You can limit a search in PsycINFO to conference proceedings by using the Advance Search and scrolling down to the section called "Book Type" and choosing "Conference Proceedings"
Additional Resources for Conference Proceedings
Here are some other useful databases when searching specifically for conference papers or proceedings.
- COS Conference Papers Index Provides citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world. Subject emphasis since 1995 has been in the life sciences, environmental sciences and the aquatic sciences, while older material also covers physics, engineering and materials science. Information is derived from final programs, abstracts booklets and published proceedings, as well as from questionnaire responses. Records include complete ordering information to obtain preprints, abstracts, proceedings and other publications derived from the conference, together with title and author information needed to track the specific papers.
The Purdue University Libraries collects, preserves, and provides access to dissertations as original works of scholarship in conjunction with doctorates awarded by the University. Other pertinent student works such as master's and honors theses may also be collected.
What is the difference between a thesis and a dissertation?
At Purdue, “thesis” typically refers to a Master’s program and “dissertation” refers to the Ph.D program. In the early years a thesis was written in many undergraduate programs (i.e B.S. in Engineering).
How can I find dissertations that were written at Purdue?
The Purdue Libraries holds one copy of each title from 1882 to present. In some cases these have been marked confidential or have restrictions in place for a limited period of time. The original paper copies do not circulate and must be viewed in Archives and Special Collections. These can be requested through the Libraries catalog . Please log in to request your item. When the request is received, it is pulled from the storage Repository and delivered to be viewed in the Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the 4 th floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (HSSE). This is located in Stewart Center, 504 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. You will receive a confirmation email when the item is ready along with directions to the Archives.
The first Thesis is available to be viewed in Archives and Special Collections . Early Purdue University Theses and Dissertations (starting in 1882 and scanned up to 1906 so far) have been scanned and are available online. Open access copies are available online through the Theses and Dissertations, Purdue e-Puds (including some copies from ProQuest). Copies available for loan: Some of the theses and dissertations have been microfilmed and can be requested for off campus use through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) . Also, some paper duplicates will show up in the catalog, please request the copy that does not say “Only viewable in the Archives.” Alumni can request an electronic copy of their theses or dissertation from the past by contacting [email protected]. If you have questions about depositing your thesis or dissertation, please contact the graduate school Thesis and Dissertation Office .
How can I find theses or dissertations from U.S. institutions?
Go to Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) . It offers a comprehensive listing of bibliographic entries for theses and dissertations in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Theses and dissertations listed since 1997 are available in PDF digital format for users affiliated with Purdue University with access to theses and dissertations from CIC institutions. For those entries not full-text, 24-page previews are available. For non full-text entries and possible borrowing of non-Purdue titles, consult Interlibrary Loan .
How can I find dissertations that are free?
- From Center for Research Libraries (CRL) search for available paper-bound titles. CRL has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign [non-U.S. or Canadian] doctoral dissertations, of which approximately 20,000 are presently in this database. Please consult with CRL if you are unable to find a dissertation that you may require.
- Cybertheses permits access to selected French dissertations from 1972 to the present. This database can provide access to another index where full-text provision for selected dissertations [theses in French] may be provided.
- NDLTD - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations . NDLTD provides access to thousands of digitally available dissertations and theses. Both U.S. and foreign dissertations and theses can be accessed through this site for those institutions participating within this association.
Searching for Dissertations and Theses in Education
- Dissertations and Theses (Native ProQuest interface) Central resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Dissertations and theses published by Purdue Graduate Students from Fall 2018 onward can be found in the Hammer Research Repository
- Purdue e-Pubs - Theses and Dissertations Link to Theses and Dissertations that Purdue students have wished to make openly available
What is the difference?
- Dissertations & Theses is not limited by any subject area and has more than 2 million entries.
- ERIC is limited to the field of education and has over 25,000 dissertations: those authors submit and those from ProQuest Dissertations &Theses database.
- Purdue e-pubs is limited to the Purdue students that have chosen to make their dissertation or thesis openly available.
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Data subject to EAR , ITAR , NRC / DOE , and/or CUI must meet specific federal security requirements and cannot be handled or stored in standard university systems. Theses with these security designations and requirements must be specially handled and cannot be submitted on the Hammer Research Repository.
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