A seminar on PROQUEST Dissertation and Theses Databases and SUMMON was held at SEECS Seminar Hall on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
Organized by the Directorate of Research, the seminar was well attended with representation from all NUST institutions. Senior Manager ProQuest Mr Anas Abdul Hadi was resource person and guest speaker. Mr Hadi has been working with ProQuest as Area Sales Manager since 2008, and is currently in charge of the Middle East, including Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Pakistan.
The seminar started with a recitation from the Holy Quran, followed by an introduction to ProQuest. Pro-Rector (Acad) Dr Asif Raza, who was chief guest at the occasion, welcomed the guest speaker in his opening remarks, and urged the researchers to extensively utilize the ICT tools. He further highlighted NUST’s efforts to eradicate plagiarism and anticipated that the participants would greatly benefit from the seminar.
Thereafter, Mr Hadi demonstrated the various features and utilities of ProQuest. He emphasized that it helped researchers by enabling them to access vetted content from various publishers worldwide. He further added that it was the only agency in the United States that published dissertations and theses for all American Universities. He also displayed the various applications of SUMMON and expressed his joy over the HEC initiative to implement its trial version.
Later on, the Pro-Rector presented souvenirs to the guest speaker and representatives from A&J DEF TEK CONSULTANTS.
Finally, in his closing remarks, the chief guest thanked Mr Hadi and appreciated the Research Directorate for the informative session, adding that NUST would look forward to implementing some of its utilities for giving global access to students for publishing their work.