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Dissertations & Theses

Guide to finding dissertations and theses at UT Dallas and from outside schools.

Ordering Dissertations & Theses

Depending on the dissertation or thesis desired, UTD-affiliated users should first check the appropriate dissertations and theses database for availability. If a full-text digital copy of the dissertation or thesis is not available, the user will have several options to obtain the document:

  • If available, click the "Order a copy" icon for several options to purchase a copy of the document :
  • Sometimes, dissertations and theses of outside universities are available to borrow via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Fill out the form and we will let you know if the document in question is available.
  • In the case of UTD-only dissertations and theses, a paper or microfilm copy may be your only option. Search the catalog to find out the document's availability and call number. The library has equipment for viewing, scanning, and e-mailing or printing paper and microfilm documents.
  • In some cases, it does not hurt to contact the author of the dissertation or thesis. You will likely have to conduct a web search for the author's contact information. If the author in question has a digital copy, it is not uncommon for him/her to share the document.
  • Non-UTD-affiliated users may purchase a copy of the dissertation or thesis through ProQuest's Dissertations Express service. If a UTD-only dissertation or thesis is available only in paper or microform format, the user must come to the library to view and digitally scan or copy the document. The Eugene McDermott Library cannot scan/digitize and transmit its paper- or microform-only theses and dissertations to remote users.