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Scholarly Research Process Outline: Dissertations

provides pathways to more comprehensive resources.

Discovery and Access to Dissertations

Dissertations are distributed across various search platforms, so you may need multiple tools to perform comprehensive searches.



Open Access Theses and Dissertations -- aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 800 colleges, universities, and research institutions.

PQDT Open—a database providing access only to Open Access dissertations and theses in different disciplines.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations—a national open-source tool (American Doctoral Dissertations via EBSCOhost).

American Doctoral Dissertations, 1902-present. - includes more than 153,000 theses and dissertations in total, and will include a link to access the full text, when available, via an Institutional Repository.

Google Scholar—include the following in your search  dissertation site:edu  You can limit the results by year.

OAIster database—a search tool that includes materials from various university Institutional Repositories.


BETA "Extra Central Index" Catalog

   The soon-to-be-released new Alma book catalog platform includes an "Extra Central Index" search database that covers a wide range of materials including: Book chapters, book reviews, historical newspapers, business and legal news, some reference book material (dictionary and encyclopedia entries), selected web resources (web pages, videos, and open access books and dissertations). 

FIND CITATION INFORMATION—and request a copy to be delivered.

Search the WorldCat catalog and then use the Borrow From Another Library option.


SXU Thesis Collection

List of SXU theses in the library (sorted by date).

  • Use the Topic facets on the right side of the screen to review these materials by subject.
  • You can also view the theses sorted by author.
  • Paper copies will be scanned upon request...expect a 48 hour turnaround time.
  • Newer theses (since 2009), and those already scanned, can be found in our Institutional Repository: see theses.
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