Lately we’ve been enjoying the fruits of a national initiative to provide a gateway to New Zealand research documents, enabling us to provide quick online access to theses and research papers for our customers. The Kiwi Research Information Service has harvested information from participating New Zealand universities and polytechnics to provide one access point to all these institutions’ open-access research documents.
Each research paper is prefaced with the copyright statement so it is clear in which ways it can be used.
So next time somebody asks you an indepth research question and you are thinking “oh no, this will have to be an interloan”, think again. From MLIS theses to topics that I can’t even begin to pronounce, this is a website well worth remembering. Searching capability is standard, the results load quickly, taking you to the institution’s website, supplying an abstract and a link to a PDF.
We are finding the RSS feed a useful option, so we can see what new material is being added and alert our customers accordingly.
One thing to note though is that because material is being added retrospectively, presumably as the various institutions get the opportunity, resourcing and permissions to do so, some of the “new” material may be rather dated.
Helen O’Carroll – Insite
The ADT Program is a digital database of theses produced by post-graduate students at New Zealand and Australian Universities. The aim is for Australasian theses to be as widely available as possible – free of any restriction. Many are available full-text online, or local availability options are clearly provided. Access rights are clearly visible for each record.
The website was developed by 7 Australian Universities during 1998-1999 and opened to all Australian universities in July 2000. There are currently 42 participating institutions, including all major NZ universities.
After September this year the ADT database will be migrated to another product, NLA Trove. It is planned that NLA will harvest a single file of NZ thesis records directly from KRIS – the Kiwi Research Information Services
Sue Phelan – Insite