University of Chicago Dissertations and Theses Added to UMI Collection

Jan 29, 1998

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- UMI, a Bell & Howell company
(NYSE: BHW), today announced that it has completed cataloging the entire
microform collection of doctoral dissertations and masters theses from the
University of Chicago.  The collection of 32,000 titles, accumulated during
the past century, has been added to UMI's Dissertations Abstracts database
which now includes more than 1.5 million bibliographic citations, of which
over 1 million are available in full text.
    "Completion of this cataloging activity opens the entire microfilm archive
of University of Chicago dissertations and masters theses to researchers
worldwide," said Dr. William Savage, Director of Dissertations Publishing.
"It also strengthens UMI's already extensive Dissertations Abstracts
    Savage noted UMI has launched several significant initiatives recently to
bolster its dissertation program including an agreement with the National
Library of Canada which gives UMI permission to publish dissertations and
theses written at Canadian universities.
    Another initiative, ProQuest Digital Dissertations, is a digital library
of electronically submitted dissertations as well as those converted into
digital format from paper-based submissions.  The University of Chicago
dissertations and other scholarly research can be accessed electronically
through UMI's online service, ProQuest Digital Dissertations.  Copies of
dissertations can be obtained using Dissertation Express, UMI's online
ordering service.
    "The University of Chicago was interested in providing the scholarly
community the best access to our dissertations and theses," said Gerald J.
Munoff, Deputy Director of the University Library.  "Our arrangement with UMI
accomplishes that very well."
    UMI is a global leader in collecting, organizing, and providing value-
added information worldwide to libraries (academic, public, government, and
business) and schools (K-12).  A deep and growing archive of periodicals,
journals, newspapers, dissertations and other sources of information is
available online through ProQuest Direct(R), on CD-ROM, microform, print, and
other media.  More information about UMI is available on the Internet at
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