Designed with learning best practices, these free self-directed eLearning resources will help students uncover the value of dissertations.

In today’s virtual learning environment, most of the learning, research, and support libraries offer student researchers is online. To meet students’ needs, libraries are looking to provide more in-the-moment instructional and research assistance. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global offers on-demand and embedded eLearning Companions to extend the reach of library services. These tools offer guidance on key topics about dissertations when the student encounters them. Whether encountering dissertations for the first time or writing one of their own, these quick tutorials open this unique resource to any student.

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Students are offered learning opportunities as they navigate a dissertation in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. Topics include “What is a dissertation?” and “How is a dissertation useful as a source for my topic?” each providing a user-centric, engaging learning experience.

Dissertations Demystified

Although dissertations and theses are a unique source type that all researchers can benefit from, they are also often long and complex. This presents a challenge to novice researchers who find dissertations in their topic searches but are unsure how to extract information from them. These eLearning Companions provide researchers with guidance to make consumption and navigation of dissertations easier. Find four module topics in seven different languages within every ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global subscription. A sample module is freely available below.

Fully translated modules are accessed with the ProQuest Platform:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Simplified Chinese
  • French
  • Korean
  • Italian

Module: What Is A Dissertation or Thesis?

The What is a dissertation or thesis? module is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the value and usefulness of dissertations and theses as a source for their assignment research.

FREE! On-Demand Expert Guidance for Graduate Students

eLearning Companions provide expert guidance to graduate students at critical points of the research and writing phases of their dissertation or thesis.

Dissertations Bootcamp

ProQuest has partnered with experts in the graduate school community to provide free instructional resources to support graduate students in a virtual learning environment. These eLearning Companions provide on-demand advice and best practices for topic discovery, thesis writing, and community building. Find them embedded in your PQDT subscription, link to them here, or integrate with your Learning Management System (LMS) by downloading the SCORM files.

Módulo 1: Introducción a su tesis o disertación

Módulo 1: Introducción a su tesis o disertación

El módulo Introducción a su tesis o disertación proporciona información y recursos para ayudarle a entender cómo planificar y escribir una disertación.

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Módulo 2: Descubrimiento eficiente y curación de investigación

Módulo 2: Descubrimiento eficiente y curación de investigación

El módulo Efficient Discovery and Research Curation ofrece a los estudiantes graduados la oportunidad de acceder a los recursos y desarrollar habilidades que promuevan una investigación de temas eficaz y eficiente.

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Módulo 3: Desarrollo de un plan de escritura productivo

Módulo 3: Desarrollo de un plan de escritura productivo

El Plan de Desarrollo de una Escritura Productiva explora técnicas para ayudarle a desarrollar un plan de escritura productivo para su disertación una vez que haya decidido un tema. Lo haremos desacreditando algunos mitos sobre el proceso de escritura de disertación.

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I love the positive encouragement, the interactive exercises, and strategy resources and reminders.

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Expert Contributors

Jan Allen

Jan Allen, Decano Asociado de Asuntos Académicos y Estudiantiles y Autor, Cornell University Graduate School es el autor de "The Productive Graduate Student Writer" y aporta más de 20 años de experiencia en la facilitación del bootcamp en el campus y bootcamps virtuales en todo el mundo

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Ken Helvey

Ken Helvey, Profesor Asociado de Educación – Programa de Doctorado en la Universidad Wesleyan de Texas tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en educación pública y ha integrado completamente el análisis de disertaciones en cursos e implementado entre compañeros de facultad.

The module was extremely helpful in providing a step-by-step to the process of writing a dissertation. The rubrics and tool for analyzing dissertations will be extremely helpful.

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As I'm at the beginning of my dissertation process, the entire module becomes genuinely useful and it will accompany me during the completion of my work.

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