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Resources to Find Dissertations

  • Cybertesis.net
    University of Chile, provides access to 27,000 etheses from 35 world universities.
  • DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP)
    European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Access to 106,000 doctoral theses.
  • Digital Library and Archives
    Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.
  • Directory of Dissertations in Progress
    "The Directory contains 3,804 dissertations in progress at 170 academic departments in Canada and the U.S." This is a citation database of dissertations in progress in the area of history.
  • Dissertation Express
    Online version of Dissertation Abstracts from UMI Proquest. Good for US theses. It's free to search the database. To order full text costs $34 each. Digital Dissertations is a subset comprising all dissertations in the Dissertation Abstracts database with a degree date of the current and previous year. It's easier to search and browse and you also get 24 page previews before you buy.
  • Dissertation.com
    Dissertation.com has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.
  • Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global
    Dissertations & Theses - Full Text contains more than 1.6 million entries with information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. It is the same database as Dissertation Abstracts, but with the significant advantage that titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.
    Restricted to Yale faculty, staff and students.
  • Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
    This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950 to the present.
  • Doctoral Dissertations on Mission Since 1900
    Citations for English-language doctoral dissertations on missions and on Christianity outside the West. Based on compilations of missions-related dissertations published in the July 1983, July 1993, and July 2003 issues of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research but now expanded and updated to include more than 6,000 records.
  • EThOS
    Full text of theses from the British Library. This is running in beta at the moment.
  • Index to Theses ... Accepted for Higher Degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland
    The Index to Theses provides total bibliographic control of all theses ever produced by British and Irish universities (1716 to the present). Access is by author, title, university, degree, year, and keyword. Abstracts are included for titles written since 1970. Full text is not provided, but copies of the dissertations may be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
    NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.
  • OpenThesis
    OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.
  • PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress
    PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.
  • RIM: Research in Ministry Online
    "RIM® Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin and DMiss projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981."
  • Theses Canada Portal
    Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.
  • TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network
    TREN provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows searching of 6,800 items.
  • WorldCat.com
    The advanced search screen allows you to limit by Content to Thesis/Dissertation.

Linguistics Graduate Dissertations (Department of Linguistics)

Linguistics Undergraduate Senior Essays (Department of Linguistics)

Public Health Theses (School of Public Health)

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, collaborating with the Yale School of Public Health, is making Yale public health student theses available online. These theses are a valuable byproduct of Yale student research efforts. The digital thesis deposit has been a graduation requirement for a number of years, giving students options on how they want to post their work.

If you are interested in having your thesis digitized and made part of this collection, please complete the form and fax or email it back to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at (203) 785-5636 or melissa.grafe@yale.edu

Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library (School of Medicine)

Starting with the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) graduating class of 2002, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and YSM Office of Student Research have collaborated on the Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library (YMTDL) project, publishing the digitized full text of medical student theses on the as a valuable byproduct of Yale student research efforts. The digital thesis deposit has been a graduation requirement since 2006. Starting in 2012, alumni of the Yale School of Medicine were invited to participate in the YMTDL project by granting scanning and hosting permission to the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, which digitized the Library’s print copy of their thesis or dissertation. A grant from the Arcadia Fund in 2017 provided the means for digitizing over 1,000 additional theses.

If you are interested in having your thesis digitized and made part of this collection, please complete the form. Feel free to send questions to Melissa Grafe at

Yale School of Nursing Digital Theses (School of Nursing)

Starting with the Yale School of Nursing (YSN) graduating class of 2012, students who completed a master's thesis have submitted it to the ProQuest Dissertations and Thesis database. Additionally in 2014 the YSN Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP) have submitted their final capstone project to ProQuest. The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library also hosts these thesis and capstone projects as a record of the work that students have done.

Please Note: Graduates may place an embargo on the full text availability of their document. This may be a short term embargo, or a lifetime embargo depending on the circumstance.

If you are interested in having your thesis digitized and made part of this collection, please contact janene.batten@yale.edu or nathan.rupp@yale.edu in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

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