More Than a Little About Finding Dissertations and Theses

Are you curious about who might have written a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in your subject field?  Try searching ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT).  It’s the world’s more comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world.  Full text is available for most dissertations in Business, Health & Medicine, History, Literature & Language, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and The Arts added since 1997.

Find USC dissertations and theses in print by doing an advanced search in Homer and setting the location search option to Thesis-Dis.  These are all stored off-site in the Grand Depository and can be requested through DocRetriever.

Since 2006, USC has required that all dissertations and theses be submitted electronically.  More than 3500 of these are available in full text through the USC Digital Library.  Also included are instructions for citing them in a bibliography.

Check USC’s Dissertation LibGuide for additional information about locating, borrowing, and purchasing doctoral dissertations in print and online.

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