Question of the Week: How do I get Dissertations?

August 26, 2009 – 10:16 AM

New graduate students have a high level of interest in finding and getting copies of dissertations – maybe so they can see what others are doing!

Searching for Dissertations

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (University of Georgia) – in GALILEO
Search for dissertations and theses completed at UGA since 1999; some are available in full text.  Older UGA dissertations are generally available in GIL, the library catalog.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations and Theses) – in GALILEO
Search US dissertations back to the 19th century. Abstracts are available from about 1980 on.

Get a Copy of a Dissertation

Request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. They will try to borrow a lending copy from the school where the dissertation was written.  ILL can also help you purchase a copy of a dissertation if you prefer or if it cannot be borrowed.

Some schools make .pdf files of recent dissertations available for free online – it’s worth a quick search.  Try a look at the school’s library home page for a dissertations link.  Example: NC State.

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