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  • To retrieve ALL the records of postgraduate students’ dissertations and theses of the eight universities, simply leave the search boxes blank, and click on the “Search” button (  ). You can also narrow your search by
    Department, Degree, Language, and Year.
  • Search words in ALL Search Fields are treated as keywords.
  • You can cross-search the university library catalogues or institutional repositories of your choice by clicking the corresponding check boxes. The eight universities that you can choose from include:
    1. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK),
    2. City University of Hong Kong (CityU),
    3. Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU),
    4. Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU),
    5. Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST),
    6. Lingnan University (LU),
    7. University of Hong Kong (HKU),
    8. University of Macau (UM).

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  1. Search Fields
  2. Operators
  3. Narrow by other fields
  4. Sorting search results
1. Search Fields 
    Use “KEYWORD” to find records where the search words are in any of the Author, Title, Subject,
    and NOTE fields, e.g. “primary school students” or “張愛玲”.
  • Author
    This search field finds keywords in the “Author” names. Use the author’s surname and given name, do not include initials. A search on “Joe Smith” is the same as “Smith, Joe”.
  • Title
    Use “Title” when searching keywords in the titles of the dissertation and theses.
  • Subject
    “Subject” search finds keywords in the subject headings of the records.

2. Operators

      Type in Words to search:
    • Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order.
    • Parentheses group words together when using Boolean operators.
    (alaska or canada) and (adventure and vacation)

    Chinese and novel

    (中國 or 台灣) and 經濟

3. Narrow by other fields
  • Department
    • To search the departments in which the students were enrolled, you can choose the keyword of "Department" names from the pull-down menu.
    • "Department" search is not applicable to Lingnan University (LU).
  • Degree 
    • When you search using “ALL”, DTC will finds all Master or Doctoral dissertations and theses.
    • A “Doctoral’ or “Master” search is a keyword search on degree titles indexed in the records of library catalogues and institutional repositories. A search limit to “Doctoral” retrieves records containing the doctoral degree titles such as “Ph.D.” or “D.Ed”.
    • The following table lists the doctoral degree types in different universities as of Oct 1, 2011.


      Doctoral Degree Offered

      Chinese University of HK D.M., Ed.D., M.D., Ph.D.
      City University of HK Ph.D.
      HK Baptist University Ph.D. (哲學博士)
      HK Polytechnic University D.B.A., Ph.D.
      HK University of Science & Technology Ph.D.
      Lingnan University Ph.D.
      University of HK M.D., Ph.D., S.J.D.
      University of Macau Ph.D.
    • A “Master” search retrieves all dissertations and theses written by postgraduate students who were not enrolled in the doctoral degrees listed above.

      Note: If you find any discrepancy in the above table or know any new postgraduate degree programmes introduced in these eight universities, please inform us and we will update the table and search parameters promptly.
  • Language 
    • “Language” refers to the languages used in the texts, appendices, excerpts, etc. of the dissertations and theses, please note that an English dissertation containing Chinese poetry is treated as a work in English and Chinese.
  • Year (yyyy) 
    • This refers to the years the dissertations and theses are submitted to the universities.

4. Sorting search results

  • Year
    • In reverse order by the year of submission to the universities.
  • Title
    • By alphabetical order for titles in western languages and by internal unicodes for titles in non-western languages.

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