Finding Dissertations, Theses and Reports
The UT Libraries collects dissertations, master's reports, and theses written by UT Austin students. Older dissertations and theses are often available in print (and sometimes electronically), while electronic versions are generally available of:
- Doctoral dissertations from 2001 - present
- Master's theses and reports from the fall semesters of 2010 - present
Please note that it can take up to a year after graduation date for the Libraries to receive copies of dissertations, theses, and reports.
The most comprehensive list of UT Austin theses, reports, and dissertations. When available, the catalog record will contain a link to an electronic version.
Contains electronic copies of doctoral dissertations (2001 - present) and master's theses and reports (fall 2010 - present). Search by degree granted (master's vs. doctoral), department, publication date etc.Electronic Dissertations and Theses Collection
Contains more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Provides full text for many dissertations and theses, including most done after 1997. All subject areas are covered. Many dissertations from The University of Texas at Austin are included in the database, though theses from the University are only rarely included.
Dissertations from Other Institutions
Contains more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Provides full text for many dissertations and theses, including most done after 1997. All subject areas are covered.
If a dissertation or thesis is not available in full-text first try searching in Google. If not available for free on the internet, place an interlibrary loan request using InterLibrary Services. Library staff will locate a copy for you if one is obtainable.
- Google: full text of many dissertations and theses can be found with a Google Search. Google is searching the digital repositories of universities.
- The Open Access Theses and Dissertations: site links to nearly 2 million dissertations from North America and Europe. It is both a place to browse and to look for specific title/author. Unlike Google, your searches are limited to digital theses and dissertations in official online repositories.
- OCLC WorldCat: a catalog of library holdings world-wide. To limit your search to dissertations and theses, under the Subtype limits, change the Any Content drop box to Thesis/Dissertation. Once you find information about a particular item you’d like to read, place an interlibrary loan request using InterLibrary Services. Library staff will locate a copy for you if one is available.
- Theses Canada: Free access to full-text electronic Canadian theses and dissertations in the Library and Archives Canada collection.
- Australasian Digital Thesis Program: Database of theses and dissertations from Australian and New Zealand universities.
- Ethos.bl.uk: An index to theses and dissertations from United Kingdom institutions of higher education. The database charges for downloads.
- Chinese Studies: Find Dissertations and Theses
- Additional International Resources
Where is my dissertation? (And other questions about dissertations and theses in the library or online)
If you are a UT Austin graduate and are wondering why your dissertation is not listed in the library catalog or online, please contact either Colleen Lyon, Digital Repository Librarian, or Paul Rascoe, Dissertation Librarian.
How do I restrict my dissertation or thesis?
Requests to Delay Publication. A student may request permission from the Graduate Dean to delay making the dissertation available to the public through the Texas Digital Libraries for up to one year in order to protect patent or other rights. This request must be supported by a written recommendation from your dissertation supervisor and must be submitted and approved prior to your graduation. If no petition is made to the Dean, your dissertation will be searchable on the web and available for free from UT.
Mailing address: US Postal
The University of Texas at Austin
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110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G0400
Austin, TX 78712-1710
If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to ask a librarian!