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UMI and National Library of Canada Sign Agreement

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UMI and National Library of Canada Sign Agreement

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UMI and the National Library of Canada have announced that they have reached an agreement giving UMI rights to publish print and microform editions of doctoral dissertations and master's theses written at universities throughout Canada. The agreement also gives UMI potential rights to publish electronic editions as well.

Under the terms of the agreement, UMI becomes the worldwide agent for the National Library of Canada (NLC), which publishes dissertations and theses through its Canadian Theses Service. Approximately 4,000 dissertations and 7,000 theses are written annually at colleges and universities in Canada.

According to the company, UMI is the world's foremost publisher of doctoral dissertations, with over 99 percent of the accredited institutions of higher education in North America participating in its dissertations program as well as a growing number of universities throughout Europe and Asia.

Among the services that will be provided is access to ProQuest Digital Dissertations, UMI's online electronic library of doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Available on the Web (http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations), ProQuest Digital Dissertations offers libraries and their patrons bibliographic citations and abstracts of all dissertations and theses in UMI's Dissertation Abstract database. According to the company, ProQuest Digital Dissertations also offers access to the full text of all dissertations and theses written from 1997 forward.

ProQuest Digital Dissertations also allows users to preview the first 24 pages of each title in digital format. …

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