Find & Request Dissertations

A dissertation is "a lengthy, formal written treatise or thesis, especially an account of scholarly investigation or original research on a specialized topic, submitted to a university in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree." ¹

Usually, dissertations are available only at the degree-granting institution. Sometimes the author submits multiple copies of the dissertation, and the library will have a lending copy. You may also be able to find the dissertation published as a book or selected chapters published as articles. If we are not able to borrow the dissertation and it has not been published in other formats, we may be able to purchase it (usually only for thesis students or others doing in-depth research).








¹Text of page adapted from Williams College Library, with permission