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Theses & Dissertations

A thesis is the final project for a graduate student's masters degree. Students pursing a masters degree typically perform research on a subject, using the research of others, and then provide an analysis of their discoveries. The thesis is similar to a large research paper that is done during college and demonstrates the student's ability to think critically and analyze information.

For students pursuing a doctoral degree, the dissertation is the final project. A dissertation differs from a masters thesis in that the student is expected to build upon the research of others to come up with a new hypothesis that will further the body of knowledge on a subject.  Dissertations are generally much longer in length than a thesis. A masters thesis may be over 100 pages in length but a dissertation could easily be double or triple that.

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 You can also search for theses and dissertations using Worldcat, which has the holdings of more than 80,000 libraries worldwide.

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Dissertations & Theses Database at the Library

Many theses and dissertations can be found in electronic format. The Library subscribes to a database called ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT). To use this database from off campus, you will need to login with your campus credentials.

Open Access Resources

Try these online resources to broaden your search internationally.