2009
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04937.x View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: Title.  An evaluation of the process and initial impact of disseminating a nursing e‐thesis. Aim.  This paper is a report of a study conducted to evaluate product, process and outcome aspects of the dissemination of a nursing PhD thesis via an open‐access electronic institutional repository. Background.  Despite the growth of university institutional repositories which make theses easily accessible via the world wide web, nursing has been very slow to evaluate related processes and outcomes. Method.  Drawing … Show more

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“…Secondly, the perceived lower quality or poor design of many dissertations (Diez et al 2000;Brown 2010;Bevan 2005). Finally, it has traditionally been difficult to access the full-text of theses in university libraries (Macduff 2009). …”
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“…Secondly, the perceived lower quality or poor design of many dissertations (Diez et al 2000;Brown 2010;Bevan 2005). Finally, it has traditionally been difficult to access the full-text of theses in university libraries (Macduff 2009). …”
Section: Introductionmentioning
“…The results of this exploratory descriptive study provided us with answers to questions about ETD usage in nursing not previously addressed in the literature (Goodfellow 2004; Macduff 2009). Results showed that, even in ostensible vanguard institutions, the majority of faculty, graduate students and alumni of nursing in Australia, the UK and the USA have little knowledge in regard to accessing ETD digital libraries and few have used ETDs to their fullest potential.…”
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“…A significant number of respondents indicated that they found it frustrating when they were not able to retrieve or download full‐text ETDs and instead were led to just bibliographic details or abstracts. Accessing ETD digital libraries has been problematic and is an issue addressed in both the library science literature as well as the nursing literature (Copeland & Penman 2004; Macduff 2009). The results of this survey indicate that access to full‐text dissertations is still inadequate: whether due to practical difficulties or lack of knowledge.…”
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