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Locating Dissertations & Theses: Identifying Theses & Dissertations

Identifying Theses and Dissertations

1. Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses) contains more than 2 million entries for doctoral dissertations and master's theses. The database includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester. Since 1997, new publications have been available electronically, and many publications can be ordered through the system for a fee. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities.

Like all Marx Library indexes and databases, this database is available for use anywhere at anytime as long as you are a currently enrolled student. 

2. WorldCat contains millions of records for items cataloged in libraries around the world. Cataloged theses and dissertations are searchable in this database and you can also identify the libraries that own them.  You can limit your searches to theses and dissertations by selecting Thesis/dissertation in the Subtype Limits drop down menu.

3. Specialized Indexes such as MLA Bibliography, PsycINFO, SocINDEX, ERIC, and SciFinder Scholar include citations to dissertations.  For help searching these indexes please contact the Reference Department or your Subject Specialist Librarian at 460.7025.