ProQuest Dissertations and Theses


The ProQuest Dissertation database provides over 2.4 million records, with 550,000 dissertations and theses in social sciences proposed by US universities and schools; they are indexed, abstracted and retrievable in full-text as pdf format


Theses and documents are sent to ProQuest by Universities, schools or authors and then are included in the database according to specific format guidelines


About two million dissertations and theses are available as full-text in pdf format (or tiff images) for subscribers. The other records are indexed, and most of them available only as abstracts

Information density

With so many items, dating back to 1861, provided by over 1,000 universities and schools in the US, this database has several layers of excellent data

Content Pertinence to Political Science

While virtually any scientific field is covered here, about half a million records concern social sciences (i.e. about 65,000 in political science, 110,000 in sociology, 90,000 in economics, etc...)

Updating Rate

The database is updated according to the dissertations' submission by institutions or authors, but overall the content material is quite up to date