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Writing a Literature Review in Social Sciences

3 ways to get a copy of thesis or dissertation

Three common ways to find theses or dissertations:

1. FSU Libraries Catalog or DigiNole Commons
2. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database
3. Institutional Repository of other institutions (via Google Search)

FSU Libraries does not purchase a dissertation or thesis for you.
You may purchase a copy by yourself, or request an InterLibrary Loan.

1. FSU Theses or Dissertations

2. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database

1) At  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses  database  

2) Enter keywords and limit the search by "doctoral dissertations" only. 

3. Institutional Repositories of Other Institutions

Most of the top research schools have their own institutional repository where they store electronic theses/dissertations authored by their graduates. Depending on the agreements between the students and the university (i.e., embargo), some dissertations/theses might be available for the public. 

1) At Google Search, try the following search statement to locate Institutional Repository of an institution:

                    "institutional repository" university of iowa 

2) Once you are in the repository,  use title, author, or subject keywords to locate the item in their Theses/Dissertations collection

If the fulltext is not available in the repository, try the ProQuest Dissertations or Theses Full-Text database or request an Interlibary Loan.

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