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How do I find a dissertation?

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016  |  112 Views
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Dissertations are indexed in many of the subject-specific databases. One way to access the databases below is by clicking on the gray "Databases" tab on the Pollak Library home page and then clicking on the first letter of the database name to access the list with the corresponding link.

To obtain the full text of a dissertation, try one of these options:

Dissertations & Theses
This database has 900,000 digitized dissertations in Education, Art, Communications, Humanities, Literature, Linguistics and Social Sciences. Includes the theses of Fullerton graduate students who have published through UMI Dissertation Publishing (3800+ CSUF theses are currently available full text PDF, 1967-present).

One way to search for work by CSU Fullerton graduate students is by entering the following into the first search box:

sch(California State University Fullerton)

Results may be narrowed by topic using the "Subject" limiter located on the left-hand side of the result list.

ABI/INFORM Complete (Business dissertations only)

If title is known, search by title.
You can also search by keywords or author. To limit results to dissertations: on main search screen click on 'More Search Options' (at bottom of screen). Next, in 'Publication Type' dropdown box, select 'Dissertations'.

Request the dissertation using ILLiad (interlibrary loan).
Some dissertations have been purchased by libraries and are available for loan, but most dissertations are not. It is best not to assume you will be able to get a dissertation using ILLiad.

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