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Library Research Strategies and More: Find dissertations

A guide for conducting library research.


As you are researching topics you will discover a variety of literature, including articles, books, dissertations, conference reports, government documents, and more. 

If your goal is to limit your search to the dissertation literature, see the options below. 
Note:  There is not a single resource in which all dissertations are indexed and freely available.

ASU and other UNC school dissertations:

~  From ~ 2010 - present, search NC Docks

To find ASU dissertations:  Limit to ASU, Limit to Type, and Doctoral Dissertations.


Proquest's Dissertation and Thesis Open (PQDT Open) database provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses -- free of charge. 

~  Search by topic or see the other search options
~  Open Access full-text dissertations display in the search results


ERIC database -  There is a option to Limit by Publication Type and the search results will then display only dissertations.

~  Enter your topic search
~  Select Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations OR one of the other choices from the Pub Type listing.
~  Consider if you want to also select Full Text. If you do not need full text immediately, you can use ILLiad to request a dissertation via interlibrary loan.
~  The results page provides citations & abstracts.  Those available full text will have links, Full Text from ERIC.

WorldCat - contains worldwide library records, can Limit by Publication Type and Internet Resources

~  Search for:  Enter a topic search
Limit type to:   Internet Resources
Subtype limits:   Any Content  >>  select Thesis/dissertation from the drop down menu
~  The results page will provide dissertation citations & abstracts.  Some of the Access links will be to full-text dissertations, abstracts only, or commercial pay sites


Purchasing a dissertation is an option via ProQuest Order a Dissertation