The ARF’s Armen Karo Student Association’s online database of MA and PhD theses related to Armenian Studies is a wonderful resource that will help keep students of the field informed of both past and current research. Particularly useful are the links it provides for those dissertations that may be available on line. It is worthwhile for all who can to contribute to this database so that it may continue to grow and improve.
A database such as this is extremely useful and important for promoting Armenian studies, and therefore I join with the organizers in calling on scholars to submit citations of their own or others’ that they may know of.
Congratulations to Armen Karo Student Association of Canada for its pioneering work in developing an online database of master’s & doctoral dissertations on Armenian topics. I expect this database to become a most useful research source for both scholars and laymen with interests in the various subfields of Armenian Studies.
This database is both a significant contribution to the further development of Armenian and Caucasian studies and a sign of the achievements so far of this ever emerging field. Here is a place to start, to learn what is out there, and where a scholar might make his or her own addition to our knowledge of this part of the world.
On behalf of Haigazian University, I warmly congratulate the effort of Canada’s ARF Armen Karo Student Association in compiling a special database of dissertations that show the breadth and width of research on Armenian topics, and making it accessible to the scholarly world. A lively and resourceful people, dispersed by force and circumstance, is called to make every effort to focus on areas of enlightenment, consolidation of resources, and pride-creating efforts. Such is the work at hand.
The Armenian Thesis Database will make available a resource that is greatly underutilized and will prove a valuable research tool for all in the field.
These dissertations are an invaluable resource for the study of various things Armenian, since they often represent pioneering efforts and have unearthed resources which open new vistas for increased understanding and open doors for further research. Unfortunately, not everyone who writes a master’s or doctoral dissertation is able to continue their academic investigation, and thus many dissertations have not been followed up by their authors and published in a form that can readily be accessed by the academic community or the general public. Your efforts will produce a new and valuable resource for the study of all things Armenian. Your initiative should be applauded and encouraged.