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Michigan State University

Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Research: Dissertations

This guide provides research resources in the world of agriculture and natural resources. Topics include food security, economics of agricultural commodities, natural resources and businesses, rural economies, and international agricultural policies.

General Thesis/Dissertation Research

The Library catalog contains MSU theses and dissertations as well as some select theses and dissertations from other institutions. Formats include print, microform and links to electronic full text (1997-). Please note that there may be a slight processing delay for current items.

  • MSU Libraries Catalog
    Change the 'Any Field' drop-down box to author, title, or subject . You can also search by specific department or college; i.e., forestry or plant pathology. From the Collection drop-down list, select "Theses and Dissertations," and from the Search and Sort drop-down list, select "Sorted by date" so the most recent items will be at the top.

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.

  • Dissertations & Theses @ CIC Institutions - This ProQuest site provides access to dissertations and theses from MSU and other CIC institutions. Full text is available from 1997 onward; citations and abstracts are available for earlier documents.

  • For more assistance locating Theses & Dissertations, see the Library Research Guide Finding Dissertations and Theses

Ordering from Interlibrary Loan

If you are an MSU affiliate and cannot locate the full text of a thesis or dissertation either in electronic or print format, proceed to this link to order it for free from our interlibrary loan department. First time users will need to click on the link on the left of the page, 'First Time ILLiad Users,' to set up an account.

AFRE Dissertations and Theses

Reviewing the literature reviews and research methodology sections of dissertations and theses can be useful when starting a research project, as well as when conducting a comprehensive literature review.

Search Open Access Digital Repositories/ETDs

If you are searching  for online theses or dissertations from another institution, you can browse the following open access collections, which can be accessed freely on the Internet.

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