The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: Dec 2010, Vol. 17, No. 14 (319)
07 Dec 2010
Researching World Christianity: [a database of] Doctoral Dissertations on Mission Since 1900
Yale University Library & Yale Divinity School, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
« This database incorporates compilations of missions-related dissertations published in the July 1983, July 1993, and July 2003 issues of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research
[http://www.internationalbulletin.org/], and has been expanded in its scope. First, it includes English-language doctoral dissertations without regard to country of origin. Secondly, rather than focusing
narrowly on missions, it also includes dissertations dealing with Christianity outside the West. Excluded are dissertations about Christianity in Europe, Australasia, and North America, with the exception of aboriginal missions in those areas. Thirdly, it expands the chronological scope to include dissertations presented since 1900. Fourth, the earlier compilations were limited to ‘research’ doctorates, understood to include the Th.D. and the Ph.D.; the present compilation includes all doctoral level dissertations and theses that we could identify, including the D.Min. and D.Miss.
Finally, we consulted many more sources to identify theses and dissertations than did the predecessor compilations, including websites and published bibliographies (a bibliography of sources consulted will be included with the database). As a result, the number of titles identified increased from 2,371 in its three predecessors to nearly 5,193. Updates to the database have increased the number of titles to 6,113 as of April 2010. The creation of this database was undertaken in collaboration with the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, and made possible by the support of the Overseas Ministries Study Center [http://www.omsc.org/], New Haven, Conn.. »