Your library may be able to provide access to the dissertation you're looking for. Whether you are looking for a specific graduate work, or want to find out what dissertations or theses have been written on a particular subject, ProQuest provides a variety of tools to help.
Virtually every major research library in the world provides access to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database through one of several formats:
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database (PQDT) - With more than 2.3 million entries, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. Students, faculty, and other researchers search the database for titles related to their scholarly interests. Of the millions of graduate works listed, we offer over 1.9 million in full text format. PQDT is a subscription database, so consult your library for availability.
- Dissertations & Theses @ - Dissertations & Theses @ is a service for ProQuest’s active university publishing partners. The service provides a university's academic community with free access to citations and abstracts for graduate works from that university. For graduate works published from 1997 forward, a full text PDF will usually be available for free download as well.
- Dissertation Alerts - Dissertation Alerts is an individualized search service for those who lack library access to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. Using the keywords you specify, we review the entire database and retrieve up to 500 titles per search. To request a Dissertation Alerts search, contact us at email@example.com.
If your library does not offer access to the dissertation you're looking for, learn more about dissertation ordering options.
UMI Dissertation Publishing provides the only comprehensive service in the world for publishing, archiving and disseminating graduate research.
Over the past 70 years, we have published more than 2 million dissertations and theses. Most graduate schools in the United States require their students to publish with UMI. Why? Doctoral dissertations and master's theses are primary literature. They are valuable contributions to the discourse in every field of inquiry.
Benefits of publishing with UMI Dissertations Publishing:
- Each published graduate work is preserved in microform and in digital form (PDF)
- Two microform copies are stored in separate climate and humidity controlled vaults which meet all Library of Congress qualifications. Each microform copy meets exacting ANSI standards, and the digital copy is backed up in several locations. Each approach will ensure the long term preservation of your dissertation or thesis)
- Publishing with us gives you a legitimate citation for your curriculum vitae and for other scholars who refer to your work. ProQuest’s dissertation research tools have been the primary sources used to cite published dissertations and theses for decades
- Once your dissertation or thesis has been published, you can provide interested parties with a permanent link to your citation
- You choose how it’s distributed: Open Access or restrict
- Your dissertation will be listed in our ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database, accessed by academic researchers around the world
- We can sell copies of your work. Access to your citation is free, and libraries and researchers can purchase a copies of your graduate work in print, PDF, or microform