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Graduate Education Subject Guide: Find Theses & Dissertations

Google Scholar Search

Using Google Scholar will limit your search of the web to scholarly materials and help you to avoid commercial and unreliable sources. 

Google Scholar and Riley Library unite!

When you are on campus, Google Scholar results automatically display a Full Text @ Riley Library link if the library has access to a particular article.

If you are off campus, use instructions in the link below to do a one-time setup of Google Scholar on your home computer or device.

How do I get a copy?

If you find a thesis you want to use but discover that full-text access is not available from Riley Library, simply fill out the interlibrary loan request form (click on link below) and we will do our best to locate and borrow it for you.

Please allow 7-10 days for this service.  There is no charge to you except the postage to return the materials when they come due.

Search Tools for Identifying Dissertations and Theses

Building on previous research or even repeating a research study can add to the professional body of knowledge and validate theory.  Finding previous studies and dissertations are a critical step in doing a thorough literature review and can even help you in focusing your research topic and questions. However, finding them can sometimes be a challenge. 

In addition to the search tips for each search tool, you may also limit your results by date range. Do not limit to full text unless the database indicates that it is provided.  Even though a dissertation is not in full text, the library can locate and borrow a copy on your behalf.