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Use this guide to learn how to obtain copies of dissertations and theses.
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A Guide to Finding Dissertations


Dissertations are book-length works based on a PhD candidate's original research that are written as requirements for the doctoral degree. Theses are similar but shorter texts that are written by students working towards Master's and sometimes Bachelor's degrees. Both dissertations and theses offer researchers valuable insights and analysis of all subjects. They can also be useful in leading to other resources as part of your own research.


Click on the tabs at the top of this page for information about specific resources and useful search techniques for finding dissertations. You can also navigate using the "Guide Contents" links on the left side of the page.


If you encounter difficulties in obtaining full-texts of dissertations or theses, consult a librarian. The "Ask A Librarian" instant message widget is located on the right of the page under every tab.


Getting Started

Know what you're looking for (mostly)?

When looking for a specific dissertation, you need some or all of the following:



Just looking for a certain subject area?

When looking for dissertations in a specific subject area, you may need a variety of search terms and limiters.  For example:


Broad: Psychology
Focused: Violence, causes, prevention, attitude, behavior, etc.
Date: 1969-1980; after 2001
Institution: Indiana University; University of Oxford
Department: Psychology; education

Where to Search

In general, start your search in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses A&IIf you are looking for an IU dissertation and cannot find it in ProQuest, search IUCAT. If it is not in IUCAT, search WorldCat.


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Kristina Bradley-Khan, Nickoal Eichmann, Emily Okada, Keila DuBois

Based on a document created by Sarah Mitchell in 2010

Created: February 2013

Last updated: September 2013


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