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How do I... find dissertations or theses?

Use the tabs below to find out how to access theses and dissertations from CU and beyond.

 

  • CU (Masters/PhD)
  • CU (Undergraduate/Honors)
  • Other Schools
  • Other Countries

 

Online PDFs: Search for a CU Thesis/Dissertation (1997-present)

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses CU
The full text of dissertations produced at any campus of the University of Colorado system from 1997 to the present are available here as free PDF downloads. To initiate the free download, click on the "Full Text - PDF" link that appears underneath the citation and abstract information of the dissertation you'd like to see.

 

View CU Boulder Undergraduate Honors Theses

Print copies: Search for a CU Thesis/Dissertation using the Chinook Library Catalog

 

  • The catalog treats theses and dissertations like books. Search by author, title, or keyword.
  • In Chinook, the term THESIS denotes both Masters' theses and dissertations.
  • The call number for CU Boulder theses and dissertations begin with the letter "T," followed by the year of the thesis and then a code matching the author's last name.

 

Print copies: Browse for theses by CU department or school in Chinook

 

  • A genre search for "theses CU Boulder" and the department/school name will also find all theses and dissertations produced in that department school.

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  • A keyword search for "thesis" and the department/school name will find all theses and dissertations produced in that department. For example, search for "thesis computer science."

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Locations of print copies of CU theses and dissertations

  • Pre-1953 is housed in the Archives
    • If the thesis/dissertation you are looking for is located in Archives (Norlin Library basement), please check the Archives hours or email/call to make an appointment.
  • 1953-2007 is mainly housed in PASCAL
    • To request a thesis/dissertation the is located in PASCAL, use the "Request it" link/button when you're looking at the information about the desired thesis/dissertation in Chinook.
    • Copies of print theses and dissertations may be located in various libraries and colletions on campus (Art and Architecture, Earth Sciences, East Asian, Engineering, Math/Physics, Music, Science)
  • 2007-present - All theses and dissertations produced at CU Boulder during this period should be listed in Chinook, with a link to where the thesis/dissertation is available online.
    • Note: There may be a delay from submission to availability in Chinook

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Updated 9/7/2010 SA

 

 

CU Undergraduate or Honors Theses

Undergraduate or Honors Theses from 2011 onwards are now being housed in the CU-Boulder page in the Digital Collections of Colorado.

 

All honors theses are also retained by the Honors Program, located on the fourth floor of Norlin Library (room M400, 4th floor).  Any thesis completed in the last two years is available for viewing on demand, during Honors office business hours.  It is recommended that you call the Honors Program (303-492-6617) with specific information about older theses, allowing additional time to retrieve them before your visit. Because these materials don’t leave the building, you will be provided with a quiet place to examine the thesis or theses you’ve requested.

 

For additional information, please follow this link to the Honors web page:  http://www.colorado.edu/honors/

 

Search for Theses and Dissertations Produced at Other Schools

 

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    Provides abstracts of dissertations and some master's theses from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and, to a lesser and more selective extent, other countries. CU
  • ABI/Inform Global
    This database contains the full-text of over 10,000 dissertations in business and management. Under "publication type," select "dissertations." CU
  • WorldCat
    Contains all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Limit results by "subtype limits: any content" to "thesis/dissertation." CU

Borrowing Theses and Dissertations Produced at Other Schools

 

  • CU Faculty, staff and students may request theses and dissertations identified through the above resources through the CU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service.

 

CU = Resources marked with this symbol are available in campus libraries and to students, staff, and faculty via the campus network. Use of these resources is subject to copyright laws and license limitations. Off-campus access information.

 

Search for Theses and Dissertations Produced in Other Countries

 

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    Provides abstracts of dissertations and some master's theses from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and, to a lesser and more selective extent, other countries. CU
  • Center for Research Libraries: Foreign Doctoral Dissertations
    CRL's Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database. CRL has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign doctoral dissertations, of which approximately 20,000 are included in this database.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
    An international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.
  • PhdData (The Universal Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress)

    This site holds a database of doctoral dissertations in progress around the world.

  • DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP)
    This service (which is currently under development) allows you to search for full text research theses from a growing number of European countries. Note it does not include all national universities.
  • Dissertation.com

 

Borrowing Theses and Dissertations Produced in Other Countries

 

  • CU Faculty, staff and students may request theses and dissertations identified through these resources through the CU Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service.

 

Search for Theses and Dissertations in Specific Geographic Regions/Countries

 

+ Brazil

Biblioteca Digital de Teses e Dissertações
Theses and Dissertations of Brazilian universities and libraries available online.

 

+ Canada

Theses Canada Portal (National Library of Canada)
Free access to full text versions of Canadian theses and dissertations digitized between 1998 and 2002. By 2002, there were over 220,000 theses and dissertations in the collection. Approximately 11,000 more are added annually. CU

 

+ Central America

 

Central American Theses and Dissertations (University of Kansas)

 

+ France

Sudoc (Système universitaire de documentation)

Sudoc is a gateway to academic libraries and other scholarly centers and library collections in France. The database includes records of dissertations produced in French institutions. For searching instructions, select "Rechercer une thèse" at bottom of screen. For instructions on how to obtain theses/dissertations from France go to http://www.abes.fr/ and select "Services," then "Thèses," then "Rechercer une thèse."

 

Thèses-en-ligne

An intiative of le CCSD (Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe) . It aims to provide free access to online versions of doctoral PHD theses submitted at French universities and colleges. All subject areas of the sciences, social sciences and humanities are covered

 

Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses (ANRT)

The National Theses Reproduction Workshop of France comprises both electronic and print on demand theses from France. The General Catalog lists theses since 1971, classified by subject. The "Theses a la carte" catalogue includes all the titles available for sale in print format. Before ordering a thesis, please check with Interlibrary Loan as we may be able to borrow a thesis/dissertation.

 

PETALE (Publications Et Travaux Académiques de Lorraine)

 

 

+ Great Britain and Ireland

Electronic Theses Online (ETHOS)

Request and download all theses produced by UK Higher Education from 17th century onwards. You will need to create a personal account to request theses or dissertations.

 

Index to Theses
Index to Theses provides a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Provides total bibliographic control of all theses ever produced by British and Irish Universities. Full abstracts included from 1970.

 

+ South Africa

 

South African national E theses portal

+ Switzerland

Helveticat
The catalog of The Swiss National Library, Helveticat has a copy of dissertations written in that country. Add the word “diss” to search terms in order to retrieve dissertations.

 

 

 

CU = Resources marked with this symbol are available in campus libraries and to students, staff, and faculty via the campus network. Use of these resources is subject to copyright laws and license limitations. Off-campus access information.