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Finding Dissertations

Dissertations in Subscription Databases

Many databases Mount Holyoke subscribes to offer advanced search options to limit a search to only theses or dissertations. See the Research Guides home page for subject-specific guides that will list the best databases for your topic.

Some databases, such as ProQuest Psychology Journals, include a "Dissertations" tab on the search results page that allows you to view all of the results of your search that are dissertations. For other databases, look for an advanced search option to limit publication type or document type to "dissertation".

World Cat - This online catalog searches the combined holdings of libraries all over the world. Under Advanced Search, select "Thesis/dissertation" in the Content drop-down menu under Subtype Limits. Note that some item records contain a link to an electronic copy of the document, or you can try clicking the MHC:Get it! & Interlibrary Loan link to access or request the item.

Search the library catalog for Mount Holyoke theses and Honor Papers (available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections). Select the "Advanced" search tab, and under "Format" select "Theses". See the box below for the link to MHC's repository for electronic theses.

ProQuest Dissertation Express - This online discovery service contains a searchable database of dissertations and theses. This database includes links to purchase dissertations; see the "Request a Dissertation" tab for other acquisition options. Please contact a librarian before you purchase a dissertation - there may be other options!

Dissertations Freely Available on the Web

Many colleges and universities host online institutional repositories (IRs) for their scholars' theses and dissertations. Many of these are freely available to download online. Here are some places to look:

MHC Electronic Theses and Honors Papers - Only recent theses are available electronically; search the library catalog to find print theses (see box above for instructions).

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations - This website contains links to several different online catalogs and search tools for finding electronic dissertations at various institutions.

DSpace - An online software platform that many institutions worldwide use for their institutional repositories. Links to hundreds of repositories worldwide. Not cross-searchable; you must go into each instution's individual repository to search for dissertations. (Note that some are not publicly accessible.) A few notable repositories:

ScholarWorks at UMass Amherst - UMass Amherst's searchable repository of scholarly output, including theses and dissertations.

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