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how to search for academic texts in the Library of Theses and Dissertations

BDTD: bagaimana mencari teks akademik di Perpustakaan Tesis dan Disertasi

The website of the Brazilian Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (BDTD) offers to download thousands of theses and dissertations published by several universities such as USP, UERJ, UFPB, UFMG, UNB. The platform is an initiative of the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology, an organ linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications. With free access, the portal is an important source of knowledge and can be used for studies, research on certain topics and to find texts that serve as a basis for the development of other works.

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You do not need to register to browse the site. Just enter a term and use several filters to refine results, such as publication institution, authors, type of document, subject and language of the document. In the following tutorial, check out how to access, use the filters and download academic theses and dissertations in the Theses and Dissertations Library.

1 of 11 Tutorial shows how to use BDTD and download academic texts on the web – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

Tutorial shows how to use BDTD and download academic texts on the web – Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc

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Step 1. Access the Library of Theses and Dissertations website (bdtd.ibict.br/vufind/) and type a term in the search bar. Then, define how the search will be done. You can choose whether the search will be by title, author or subject that are associated with the term you entered. Then, select the «Search» option;

2 of 11 Action to start a search for dissertations on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to start a search for dissertations on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 2. On the screen with the search results, the site will present several filters that allow you to refine the answers. The first filter refers to the educational institutions to which the texts are related. The number of texts for each university will be displayed next to the name of each one. To refine the search, just choose one of these institutions;

3 of 11 Action to use filters for institutions when searching for dissertations from the Theses and Dissertations Library website – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to use filters for institutions when searching for dissertations from the Theses and Dissertations Library website – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 3. With the «Repository» filter, choose a specific database for publications. The repositories are digital libraries from different universities;

4 of 11 Filters for repositories in the search for academic texts from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Filters for repositories in the search for academic texts from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 4. The «Program» filter allows you to choose texts linked to specific subjects. In «Author», it is possible to choose all texts signed by a specific author;

5 of 11 Action to use filters for programs and authors in the search for texts from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to use filters for programs and authors in the search for texts from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 5. In «Advisor / a» filter the results so that only the texts linked to specific advisors are displayed. In «Document Type», choose whether to find theses or dissertations;

6 of 11 Filters for advisors and type of document in the search for academic texts from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Filters for advisors and type of document in the search for academic texts from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 6. In «Languages», choose texts available in specific languages. Pay attention to the amount of documents available within the framework. In «Subject», the system shows the total number of themes related to the terms you used in the search;

7 of 11 Action to filter results by language and subject in the search for publications from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to filter results by language and subject in the search for publications from the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 7. The system also offers a list of subjects in English present in your search. It is also possible to filter by areas of knowledge;

8 of 11 Filters for subjects in English and area of ​​knowledge on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Filters for subjects in English and knowledge area on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 8. Finally, it is possible to define a defense period related to the texts. To choose a publication, click on its description;

9 of 11 Action to determine a period of publication of theses on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to determine a period of publication of theses on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 9. The screen will display a preview of the text and other pertinent information, such as which university it was published in, present terms and area of ​​knowledge. To view the download page, click on the link indicated in the image below;

10 of 11 Action to view the download screen for a text found on the Action website – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to view the download screen for a text found on the Action website – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Step 10. Under «Files associated with this item», click «Download / Open» to start downloading the document.

11 of 11 Action to download a document accessed by the Action website to determine a period of publication of texts on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa

Action to download a document accessed by the Action website to determine a period of publication of texts on the website of the Library of Theses and Dissertations – Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa