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A library guide to locate dissertations and theses at ASU and around the world.
Last Updated: May 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About Dissertations and Theses

Theses and dissertations are often required for masters and doctoral degrees.  They can be very useful for researchers.

In the past, dissertations and theses were often difficult to access.  But in recent years, many universities have begun to make them available electronically.  The resources on this page will help you locate the citations and abstracts of dissertations and theses. Use other tabs to either help find the full text online, borrow, or purchase a dissertation.

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 books or articles, potentially changing the original title.

Also worth a try -- NDLTD

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.

Other Resources

Many specialized article databases index dissertations and theses and may provide abstracts; not full-text. These include (not an exhaustive list):

  • CINAHL Complete
    Covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
    Covers communication, mass media, and related areas.
  • ERIC  
    Education journals and more.
  • MLA International Bibliography  
    MLA covers folklore, languages, linguistics, and literature.
  • PsycINFO  
    Covers psychology and related disciplines,with 97 percent of the material peer-reviewed.
  • Dissertation Abstracts
    We no longer have direct access to Dissertation Abstracts, but contact John Wiswell ( to schedule a mediated search.

Contact -- John Wiswell

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

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