Umi Dissertation Services Search

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, PQD&D 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 interlibrary loan for the titles not available in full text online.

STEP TWO: Check the Cornell Library Catalog.

Check before the patron requests an interlibrary loan. Sometimes we 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: (Not in ProQuest or the Cornell Library Catalog)

Search for Foreign Dissertations at the Center for Research Libraries:

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:

DART-Europe E-Theses Portal

Advanced search allows you to limit to a particular country, institution, year, or language. The earliest listed thesis year is 1597. There are nearly 66,000 theses and dissertations for the year 2012. The full text of some theses is available online.

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

The DART-Europe partners help to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). [http://www.dart-europe.eu/About/info.php]

British dissertations:

Index to Theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by the universities of Great Britain and Ireland and the Council for National Academic Awards.
London: Aslib.

Theses on any subject submitted by the academic libraries in the UK and Ireland back to 1716. The full text of some dissertations may be purchased from the British Library.

French dissertations:

Catalogue des thèses de doctorat soutenues devant les universités françaises.
Paris: Direction des bibliothèques de France, 1884-1978. (Library Annex Z 5055 .F79 A3)

and

Inventaire des thèses de doctorat soutenues devant les universités françaises.... Paris: Université de Paris I, Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne..., 1982-1991.(Library Annex Z 5055 .F79 I62)

Print listings of French dissertations covering 1884 to 1991.

Verifying German dissertations:

Die Deutsche Bibliothek Database.Die Deutsche Bibliothek Database contains 6.5 million records representing the holdings of the National Library of Germany, which, following the unification of Germany in October 1990, combines the Deutsche Bucherei Leipzig and the Deutsche Bibliothek Frankfurtam Main (including the Deutsche Musikarchiv Berlin). The library collects and catalogs all printed and electronic publications issued in Germany, published abroad in German, translated from German-language publications, and works in any language about Germany (Germanica). The records represent monographs, periodicals, microforms, dissertations, visual materials, maps, printed and recorded music, and electronic publications issued since 1945.

Deutsche Nationalbibliographie und Bibliographie der im Ausland erschienenen deutschsprachigen Veröffentlichungen. Reihe H, Hochschulschriften.
Frankfurt am Main: Buchhändler-Vereinigung H01, Jan. 1991- . (Olin Library Z 5055 .G37 .D48); latest 5 years in Reference.

Subject Heading: Dissertations, Academic--Germany--Bibliography--Periodicals.

Previous title: Deutsche Bibliographie. Hochschulschriften-Verzeichnis Deutsche Bibliographie. Hochschulschriften-Verzeichnis.

Perform a more detailed search using the pull-down menu with supported field codes as well as the More Search Options section to apply additional limits. Listed fields in the pull-down menu depend on the selected databases.

1. Advanced Search

Boolean, proximity, and field codes are supported. The default is to search for ALL terms entered. Separate terms with OR to find any of the terms. To search for an exact phrase, use "quotation marks" around your search.

When running a search, the search default is set to Anywhere. Anywhere searches the full bibliographic record (all indexed fields) including the full text. Your organization's ProQuest administrator may have chosen to change the default to search Anywhere except full text (ALL) instead. Anywhere except full text (ALL) searches the full bibliographic record, but does NOT include a search of the full text. Other search fields can also be chosen from the pull-down menu such as abstract, author, document title, and publication title.

For a full listing, description, and examples of how to format a search using field codes indexed in ProQuest databases, please visit the Searchable fields page of this guide.

2. Limit to: Full text, Peer reviewed

Full text and Peer reviewed are the first limits that appear in the Advanced Search. The visibility of these limits is determined by your organization's ProQuest Administrator Module settings. Whether or not any of these are checked by default is also determined by your organization's ProQuest Administrator Module settings. Visit the ProQuest Administrator Module page to learn more. 

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5. Result Page Options

Click on the Result page options link to expand the menu of options. 

The Sort results by menu controls the sort order of the records that appear in the results page. Sort by relevance, date (oldest first), or date (most recent first). Relevance is determined by an algorithm that factors in the number of times your search terms appear in the record as well where in the record your search terms appear.

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Duplicates may be available in ProQuest if the item is indexed in more than one database or collection. The default behavior is to suppress the duplicate, however, if you would like the duplicate items to appear in the results, select to include duplicate documents.

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A thesaurus is an alphabetical listing of all the subject terms in a single database, used to classify and organize information for that database. The thesaurus shows relationships between terms such as synonyms or related terms, and hierarchical arrangements such as broader terms, or narrower terms. Most ProQuest databases have an associated thesaurus. 

Once you select the Thesaurus link, you will have an option to search for terms containing the word you have entered or beginning with the word you have entered. From there you can click on the subject terms to show the relationships with other terms. You can then select the subject terms that you would like to add to your search. 

For additional details on how to use the thesaurus and search using the subject field, please see the Searchable fields section of this guide. You can also find additional Thesaurus help from our Thesaurus help file. 

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