Q. How do I find a dissertation?
Answered By: Pollak Library Guides Last Updated: Sep 24, 2017 Views: 168
Dissertations are indexed in many of the subject-specific databases. One way to access the databases below is by clicking on the "Databases" icon found above and also at the top of 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 (ProQuest)
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 results 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, click on "Dissertations & Theses" in the "Source type" section on the main search screen (near the bottom of the screen). A second way to limit results to dissertations is to click on "Dissertation/Thesis" in the "Document type" section on the main search screen (also near the bottom of the screen).
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.