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Thesis And Dissertation Database

Looking for an Ohio University thesis or dissertation? See the page on How do I find Ohio University theses and dissertations? For more general search tools, see below. There are two major search tools listed here–Proquest Digital Dissertations and the OhioLINK ETD Center–plus several other supplementary ones.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I‎

Formerly known as Dissertation Abstracts, the  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I database covers well over 2 million doctoral dissertations and masters theses from around the world. The complete database includes citations going back to the year 1637. The type of coverage and availability of full text, however, varies by date:

  • 1637-1980: Online database has citations only; no abstracts. Full text available (for a fee) from ProQuest.
    • 1938-1980: Alden Library has a set of microfilms (on the 1st floor) which does include abstracts. Ask for it at the 1st floor desk.
  • 1981 to the present: Online database includes abstracts. Full text available (for a fee) from ProQuest.
    • 1988 to the present: includes Masters theses with abstracts
    • 1997 to the present:
      • 24-page free previews available for most documents
      • Free acess to full text of ALL Ohio University theses and dissertations

Access to Proquest Digital Dissertations is limited to members of Ohio University. There are numerous other (less comprehensive) freely available sources of information on theses and dissertations: Related Pages in left sidebar.

OhioLINK ETD Center

The OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations  Center includes citations, abstracts and in most cases full text of theses and dissertations written at member institutions since 2000. The full text of theses and dissertations is in PDF format and is freely available to anyone.

The site also includes instructions for authors on how to create and submit their electronic thesis or dissertation.

Or you can browse ETDs by school and department.

Complete Your Collection

Dissertations and theses complete your library collection by surfacing original research that can often be the only source of information on a given topic.

Simplify Searching with a Single Unified Access Point for Dissertations and Theses

Comprehensive historic and ongoing coverage from universities ensures effective, efficient results.

Significant and Growing International Coverage

Content partners for PQDT Global include University College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Cardiff, University of Leicester, University of Aberdeen, University of Bath and University of Valencia.

Offer Critical Support for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

In disciplines where journals are not the primary form of scholarly communication, dissertations offer access to significant primary research that is not published in any other format and they surface seminal ideas from notable scholars.

Enhance Research in the Sciences

Dissertations provide additional context for research published in journals or conference proceedings while surfacing hard to find information such as negative results.

Add a New Dimension to Literature Reviews

Dissertations are an important and valuable tool for literature reviews, with deep coverage and extensive bibliographies that surface sources and ideas that would otherwise be missed.

Expose Research in Depth

Audio, video, data, survey instruments, and other types of digital files are included for thousands of works.

Reduce Library ILL Costs

Reduce resources and costs to gain access to dissertations and theses.

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