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Dissertations & Theses

Use the resources below to find theses and dissertations.  These tools can also be used to find  theses or dissertations written by Ohio University students

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I‎

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.
  • 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 access to full text of ALL Ohio University theses and dissertations

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.
  • You can also browse ETDs by school and department by doing an Advanced Search.

Other Resources

DART-Europe E-Theses Portal

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

  • An “international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).” The search engine includes millions of electronic theses and dissertations. For more information, see the main website.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)


  • Provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.

WorldCat Advanced Search

  • WorldCat contains records from thousands of libraries around the world.
  • Use the "Limit Results by" option to "Content:  Thesis/dissertation."