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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - Global (PQDT) is an excellent database for locating doctoral dissertations and master’s theses from around the world.
You are interested in locating dissertations or theses that examine the death of migrants along the US/Mexico border.
Note that the PQDT search boxes default to searching Anywhere.
This is not a very effective way to search as it will return thousands of irrelevant results.
Instead, try searching just the Abstract.
You should have retrieved less than 30 results, and all of these results should be related to our topic.
Most of our results are full-text. You can view the entire text or see a preview of it.
PQDT provides links to any references this dissertation cites that are available in other ProQuest databases.
PQDT also allows you to limit your search to one university, just dissertations, and to subject area.
You are looking for dissertations that have been published at universities in Arizona on the subject of water use in the state.
We will use the More search options menu to limit our search.
Next we will limit to the type of document since we are only interested in dissertations.
Use the Narrow results by menu to answer this question:
In which year was the oldest dissertation on this list published?
Notice that you can further narrow by subject, location, and publication.
How many results did you get now that you narrowed by subject?
PQDT also allows you to search dissertations by advisor.
Since names can be common, it is best to use the Look up Advisors option and search by last name.
Let's look for items where Tom Miller from the UA was the advisor.
Skim the results.
Where are all these dissertations from?
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