Locating Dissertation Research in the OSU Library

If you are looking for dissertations, there are two basic questions you need to ask:

  1. Are you interested in searching for OSU dissertations?
  2. Are you interested in searching for any dissertation done at any university?

To search for OSU dissertations:

  1. Search the OSU Library Catalog, which lists most OSU dissertations in the library collection.
    • If you know the author or title of a specific dissertation, search by Author Name or Title.
    • If you do not have a specific author or title, you can search by keyword theses and whatever other keywords you can provide. Remember to select "Heading" from the "Search By" drop down menu. (Note: The keyword theses will find dissertations in the Library collection, because theses is a keyword located in the subject heading field of the bibliographic record.)
    • If you are interested in searching for dissertations in the OSU Library, by degree granting department, you can add the department in as one of your keywords, as above.
    • Remember that OSU departments change names occasionally over time.
  2. Search Digital Dissertations
    • Digital Dissertations is the electronic version of Dissertation Abstracts, and is the single, authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities, including all OSU dissertations and many masters theses. Digital Dissertation coverage begins as early as 1861 and is generally current as recently as last semester (although this varies). Citations for dissertations published from 1980 forward also include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. The full text of more than one million of these titles is available in paper and microform formats. Note: Full-text OSU dissertations are available, free of charge, in Digital Dissertations, starting as early as 1961.You may also find full-text dissertations from other Big 12 universities, such as Texas A & M, Kansas State, and Baylor University.
    • You can search Digital Dissertations by School, Subject, Keyword, Author, etc.

To search for non-OSU dissertations:

To search for non-OSU dissertations, search Digital Dissertations (as above).

Graduate College Thesis and Dissertation Information is available at http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/tdg

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Last Updated: 6 March 2006