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Dissertations and Theses: Step 1: Finding Abstracts

A library guide to locate dissertations and theses at ASU and around the world.

About Dissertations and Theses

In the past, dissertations and theses were often difficult to access.  But in recent years, many universities have begun to make them available electronically.  When not electronic, the Library can often borrow a copy.  Consider also looking for articles and books the author has created from dissertation and thesis research.

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Getting Help at Belk Library

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Reference Assistance: (828)262-2820

Best Bet -- WorldCat

WorldCat (also known as UNC Library Express)

WorldCat covers all subjects and includes records for over 95 million items held in thousands of libraries throughout the United States and Europe. Search by keyword, author, or title.

Look for         on the left column of results.  Click on that box to get a (usually) much smaller number of results.  (Of course, for some searches, there might not be any theses or dissertations.)

Some authors publish their dissertations as articles or books. The titles may be different from the original title.  Consider searching for those too, using the author's name.

 

We have 2 versions of WorldCat.  Your results should be identical.

Also worth a try -- NDLTD and Google Scholar

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations includes only electronic theses and dissertations.  There are 2 search engines for the NDLTD database.  Take your pick.

Contact -- John Wiswell

John Wiswell   wiswellj@appstate.edu
Belk Library 225   262-7853
Available for consultations with students -- Email me.

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