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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. 

Example search on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text with option box "Additional limits - Manuscript type: Doctoral dissertations" selected

 

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

Red arrow pointing to "Theses and Dissertations" on Iowa Research Online


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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