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InterLibrary Services: Requesting Dissertations

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Requesting Dissertations from Other Institutions

You can request dissertations held by other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.  Many dissertations are available online, so check these resources before you place your request.

  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses provides free access to American dissertations published after 1997, and contains abstracts for many dissertations published since 1980.  
  • EthOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) provides digital access to dissertations from UK universities. Oxford and Cambridge universities do not participate in this service. Free login and registration is required to search the site. 
  • Thesis Canada Portal contains abstracts of Canadian theses since 1965; full text versions are available from 1998-2002. 

If a dissertation is found to be available online, ILL staff will cancel the request and provide you with a link to the PDF file. 

If your dissertation isn't available through any of the above options, you can request it through ILLiad. Choose "dissertation" (distance users (>50 miles from campus) please use Loan) from the ILLiad menu on the left. Since oftentimes libraries only keep one copy of a dissertation--especially for earlier years--please bear in mind the following:

  • If delivered in hard copy form, your ILL dissertation may have more restrictions than other items (i.e., Library Use Only, Handle With Care, photocopying restrictions). Please abide by any and all restrictions as noted on the pink bookstrap. 
  • Some institutions will not lend or copy their theses. If the owning library is not willing to provide the material via ILL, we will cancel the request.

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