How to Search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Dissertations and Theses?

Both dissertations and theses are research papers written in order to obtain a higher degree.  In the United States a thesis is usually written for a Masters degree and a dissertation for a doctorate, but this should not always be assumed.  

Dissertations and theses can be valuable references, often containing unpublished original and cutting edge research. Many papers are later used as a basis for peer-reviewed journal articles.

How many Dissertations and Theses does ProQuest contain?  What years are they?  Can I get full text?

Dissertations and Theses contain over 3 million citations, with over 1 million citations attached to the full text of the dissertation or thesis.  The years range from 1743-present.  Most of the theses from 1997 onwards are full text, but if there is a thesis you would like to read that is not offered in full text you can request it via Interlibrary Loan.

What about Adams State Theses and Dissertations?

All of Adams State Theses are currently held as print copies in the library.  They can be found using the library catalog. They may not be checked out but you can get copies via Interlibrary Loan.

Are there other Theses and Dissertation databases out there?

Although ProQuest Theses and Dissertations is the main database for this topic, there are other resources that can help you find theses and dissertations.  Some of the smaller universities, like Adams State, might only have records of these theses in their library catalog.  Try World Cat to search multiple library catalogs at one time.  Open Access Theses and Dissertations is another option for searching.

I've found the thesis I want but there's no full text!  How do I access it?

You have a few options.  The first is to do a basic Google Search for the title.  Many institutions hold copies of their theses and dissertations in an online repository, and these titles may generally be found by Google.  If you cannot find the thesis or dissertation this way you can then request it via Interlibrary loan, and we will do our best to get it for you.

What are searchable fields?

By default, ProQuest searches the whole dissertation or thesis, but you can specify where your search term is located.  For example, if you wanted to find dissertations that cited a certain article in Science, you could use the Cited Publication Title field.  For a full list of available fields, see the official ProQuest Guide.