Finding a Thesis or Dissertation
- Graduate level theses & doctoral dissertations
- Honors College Theses
University of Georgia theses & dissertations published prior to 1999 are available in print and are stored at the Libraries' offcampus storage facility, the Repository and must be requested. All graduate level theses and doctoral dissertations published after 2001 are available in fulltext online in the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database (ETD) @GALILEO.
Since the fall semester of 2001, all theses and dissertations are required to be electronic; these electronic theses and dissertations are often referenced by their acronym, ETD. As soon as they are processed by the Graduate School or Honors College, theses and dissertations are viewable via the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database (ETD). Additionally, UGA theses & dissertations are available via Worldcat a global database of libraries holdings, as well as the Libraries catalog (GIL).
Graduate level theses and doctoral dissertations published during the transition years of 1999-2001 may be either print or electronic format. Honors College theses are available in print to 1999 and electronically from 2009 to the present. Researchers should first check the Libraries' online catalog (GIL) to determine location, availability, and format.
Print Theses & Dissertations
If a print copy of a University of Georgia thesis or dissertation (before 2001) is desired, it can be requested from the Libraries' offcampus storage facility, the Repository. If for some reason, it cannot be borrowed (checked out, lost, etc.), the University's archival master copies may be available for viewing -- by prearranged appointment and not for check-out -- in the Georgiana Collection, part of the Hargrett Library.
On-Campus Only Theses & Dissertations
Some electronic theses and dissertations are not viewable off campus; these ETDs are designated as on-campus only in the ETD database.
Processing Theses & Dissertations
ETDs are received from the Graduate School or Honors College by the Libraries' Systems Department which loads them into the GALILEO ETD database and the Libraries Cataloging Department begins to catalog them in GIL. Cataloging the ETDs in GIL sets our holdings in WorldCat and provides information needed for Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
If you have recently submitted a thesis or dissertation and need more information about its status, graduate and doctoral students should contact the Graduate School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Honors College students should contact the Honors College.
For more information about the technical workflow, please see the ETD Workflow document. For more information about the UGA Libraries collection policy, please see the Collection Policy document. For help and FAQs, please see help.