Questions & Answers
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 08:20.
The first tool to use is the Stanford Libraries' catalog, SearchWorks. You can do a general subject search in SearchWorks, clicking on Thesis as a Format, on the left side of the screen, and then enter: Stanford [general subject word such as psychology] in the search box.
As of November 2009, Stanford’s new Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) program allows dissertations to be submitted directly in electronic format. Digital copies of most dissertations will be available through a direct link in SearchWorks and from Google. As with other Stanford dissertations, there is also one non-circulating paper copy in Special Collections & University Archives.
Most Stanford dissertations written between 1989-2009 are available as PDF's from Proquest. These can be accessed directly from Dissertations & Theses@Stanford, or from a link in the Searchworks record for individual dissertations.
Print copies of dissertations are available to read in Special Collections & University Archives, library use only, after placing requests for them. There is usually also a copy for check out of each dissertation prior to November 2009, listed in the catalog, and housed in the Stanford Auxiliary Library.
Non-Stanford patrons who wish to purchase copies of Stanford dissertations done before 2010 may do so via Dissertation Express from ProQuest. If a patron is doing a general subject search for dissertations, an excellent tool is OCLC WorldCat, which will list most dissertations for most colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and a great many from around the world. The general public can have access to the same information via the open version of WorldCat from OCLC.
If you would like to learn more about Stanford's new Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) program, you may read about it here.
Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 13:10.
I'm looking for the number of students at Stanford. Is there a resource I can use to find that figure?
The Stanford University Common Data Set has the number students here (both undergraduate and graduate), as well information on academic offerings and policies, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, and instructional faculty and class size. You can also get up-to-date admission information from the Undergraduate Admission website in the Stanford Preview.
There are currently 6,602 undergraduates and 11,896 graduate students, for a total number of 18,498.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 05/17/2010 - 12:55.
You should start with B. R. Mitchell's International Historical Statistics : 1750-2005. It's shelved in the Information Center Statistics area and there are three volumes: 1) Africa, Asia & Oceania; 2) The Americas; 3) Europe.
Submitted by email@example.com on Tue, 04/27/2010 - 12:35.
Lexis Nexis Statistical Insight (available only to Stanford users) is a good database to start your hunt for statistics. Using Lexis Nexis Statistical Insight, I used the search terms: (aircraft or airplane) and production.
One of the first five publications to appear in the results list was "Aerospace Facts and Figures". Lexis Nexis's digital holdings only went back to early 80's so I searched the title "Aerospace Facts and Figures" in Searchworks. I found we have print volumes in Green Stacks back to 1945. In addition if you use the "browse around" function in Searchworks, you will see that Aviation Week and Space Technology is nearby in the stacks, and this journal goes back to 1916, and they published production figures sporadically - Since these old issues are not indexed, you just have to browse through the issues - they probably pick one issue a month or year to report summary statistics.