The full text of over 100,000 dissertations is available.Dissertations are available in two formats: Full PDF and TIFF images wrapped in PDF.Those institutions that submit dissertations electronically will see their documents in full PDF; those that submit in paper will see their documents in TIFF images.
Access to dissertations depends on a complex, decentralized economy of innumerable currencies.
Some universities provide copies free of charge, some will only lend a circulating copy.
Search the LSU Librares Online Catalog in Advanced Search and limit Material Type to Dissertation or Theses.
Print copies up to 2002 can be found on the second floor of Middleton Library under the call number 378.76 L930D Year Name (dissertations) or 378.76 L930 Year Name (theses).
CRL holds more than 800,000 doctoral dissertations and Habilitationsschriften from universities outside of the U. Current acquisitions and services focus on purchasing dissertations through CRL’s purchase programs, acquisitions through deposit or exchange agreements and providing members with information about open-access dissertations.
Brief description: Finding dissertations in the CRL collection: All dissertations can be most easily searched in the dissertation scope of the CRL catalog, which has drop-down searches for country and university.It is crucial for graduate students to search the thesis and dissertation literature to make sure that an idea or hypothesis has not already been tested, explored, and published.An additional reason to search this literature is that it is rich with ideas and information not found elsewhere.For these titles, the database citation includes UMI’s order number.Over 100,000 dissertations have been digitized and are available in full text.Some universities participate in national programs providing digitization services (with exceptions) and some seem to have no point of contact at all (unless an email found through a web search can be considered reliable).The challenge CRL faces in gaining access goes beyond understanding which currency to use where; CRL aims to create a simple, seamless exchange between author and potential reader with a minimum of delay in the process. The collection was built by deposits from member libraries and exchange or depository arrangements with almost 100 universities.Citations for master’s theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts.Of the 1.7 million titles listed, UMI offers abstracts for over a million.For dissertations and theses from 2007 and later, it is possible in Advanced Search to limit by academic department.Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24-page previews available.