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Dissertations and Theses: A Finding Guide: Non-Cornell Theses

Where and how to look for Cornell and non-Cornell dissertations and theses. Click on the TABS below to see each section.

Dissertations and Theses from Other Universities

Step One: Search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

According to ProQuest, coverage begins with 1637. With more than 2.4 million entries, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global is the starting point for finding citations to doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master’s theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. UMI also offers over 1.8 million titles for purchase in microfilm or paper formats. The full text of more than 930,000 are available in PDF format for immediate free download. Use our interlibrary loan service for the titles not available full text online.

Step Two: Check the Cornell Library Catalog.

Check our catalog before placing an interlibrary loan request. We may have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection.

Step Three: Search for Foreign Dissertations at the Center for Research Libraries (For those not found in ProQuest or the Cornell Library Catalog)

To search for titles and verify holdings of dissertations at the Center for Research Libraries, use the CRL catalog. CRL seeks to provide comprehensive access to doctoral dissertations submitted to institutions outside the U. S. and Canada (currently more than 750,000 titles). One hundred European universities maintain exchange or deposit agreements with CRL. Russian dissertation abstracts in the social sciences are obtained on microfiche from INION. More detailed information about CRL's dissertation holdings.

European Dissertations and Theses

Searching for European Dissertations and Theses:

UK Dissertations:

French Dissertations

Verifying German Dissertations:

Requests for non-Cornell dissertations by Cornellians

Students and faculty wishing to obtain a copy of a dissertation or thesis that is not available full text in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses can request the title using our interlibrary loan service. Questions may be directed to the Interlibrary Services (ILS) staff: contact information.

The Purchase option: It is also possible to purchase dissertations directly through UMI Dissertation Express (back to June 1954). Not all universities participate (for instance, MIT). The ILS staff can help with questions about dissertation purchases.

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