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Finding Theses and Dissertations  

A guide to finding theses and dissertations
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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UNC Libraries do not routinely buy dissertations from other schools, but if we have purchased a dissertation it will appear in the online catalog.

If we do not have a dissertation or thesis, usually we can borrow it. See the Borrowing & Purchasing page for more information on making an interlibrary loan request.


Theses & Dissertations from Other U.S. Institutions


  • Dissertations & Theses — the best tool for identifying dissertations; covers most U.S. and Canadian universities and a growing selection of foreign schools
  • WorldCat — not exhaustive, but can be a valuable way to search for dissertations.


Masters' theses from other schools are more difficult to identify. Contact your subject librarian for help identifying theses in your subject area.


Foreign Dissertations

Foreign dissertations are trickier to identify, but there are a variety of national listings.

National Listings

Other Places to Search

  • Dissertations & Theses — includes listings from many foreign universities
  • WorldCat — not exhaustive, but can be a valuable way to search for dissertations.
  • Center for Research Libraries' Catalog – includes many foreign dissertations that CRL holds and that can be borrowed by member institutions (UNC-CH is a CRL Member). Foreign dissertations not already in their collection will be acquired on demand for member institutions and can be requested through interlibrary loan (see Borrowing & Purchasing).
  • The Guide to Reference Books —  Although GRB is somewhat dated, the "Dissertations" section is very good and has subsections for individual countries for which listings exist.

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