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Finding Dissertations

Using ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database to find PhD dissertations

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database contains records for PhD dissertations from 1861 through the present, and it allows you to search via keyword, date or institution. This is often the fastest way to find electronic versions of Cornell dissertations.

There are two ways to find Cornell dissertations. You can search Dissertations & Theses @ Cornell University and the Weill Medical College, a subset of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, or go to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and choose the Advanced Search. In a search box, type "Cornell"; from the adjacent drop-down menu, select School name/code and enter your search terms in the remaining search boxes to target your search. From the results, you can use citations to search the Cornell Library catalog for individual titles. In some cases, results will have the full-text of the dissertation and/or links to purchase the dissertation.

Using the Library Catalog to find theses and dissertations at Cornell

Using the Advanced Search option, enter your search terms and limit the Library to "Cornell University Library" and the Content type by "Thesis/dissertation."

Full-text online in eCommons@Cornell

Some authors have chosen to make their dissertations available in full-text online via the Graduate School's collection in eCommons@Cornell, Cornell's online institutional repository. Some dissertations are openly available to the Cornell community and the general public while others are stored in eCommons@Cornell, but are closed to the Cornell community and the general public (though abstracts are viewable). Permission to view closed dissertations can be requested from the author by using the contact form. Requests are forwarded to the author.

In eCommons@Cornell you can search or browse the dissertations by title, author or date. Click on the title of the dissertation and choose View/Open to get the PDF.

Locating dissertations written by degree candidates at other institutions

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database provides subject, title and author indexing to PhD dissertations accepted at accredited institutions throughout the United States as well as an increasing number of papers accepted abroad.