EBSCO Launches the Free Database American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955™

~ Database Comprised of Digitized Content from H.W. Wilson’s Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities ~

IPSWICH, Mass.September 30, 2014 — The print index, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU), is now available digitally as American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston worked together to digitize the content and build the free database from the volumes originally published by the H.W. Wilson Company. This effort was made possible through a donation from the H.W. Wilson Foundation.

American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 includes nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933 through 1955. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. The content in American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 represents the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities during that period of time.

EBSCO has made the database freely available to researchers on the open Web worldwide at www.OpenDissertations.com. The database is searchable by fields that include dissertation title, author and school.

H. W. Wilson Foundation President, Harold Regan, says offering an online database of these records will allow universities to reclaim bibliographic control of U.S. dissertations. “American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 is the only searchable index available of dissertations published during the 1930s to 1950s. This is a great place to start to expose this important content.”

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mark Herrick says by digitizing the database and making it available for free, EBSCO is providing a new way to access scholarly writing for a vital time period in American history. “American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 pulls together dissertations in a single freely database, making it simple for people to find this previously hidden valuable content.”

EBSCO is hosting American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 on the EBSCOhost® platform and the content is available via EBSCO Discovery Service™. The EBSCO Support Site contains information to help librarians learn more about adding the database to their EBSCOhost profiles.

About the Congregational Library & Archives
Founded in 1853, the Congregational Library and Archives serves professional scholars, graduate students, and genealogists who use the resources of our historical collections. Its digital collections including Colonial-era church records and manuscripts are accessible through its website to anyone. http://www.congregationallibrary.org/

About the H.W. Wilson Foundation
The Foundation was established by Halsey W. Wilson in 1952 to support the needs of company employees and retirees. Since 1957, The H.W.Wilson Foundation has focused on providing financial assistance to causes having the greatest impact on improving the spirit, mind and body of the greatest number of people through aid, support and cooperation with charitable, benevolent, educational and religious institutions. Major donors to the Foundation included Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Wilson, and the H.W. Wilson Company. http://thwwf.org/

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 600,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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