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Research Guides

Communication Studies: Dissertations & Theses

This subject guide is a starting point for communication-related research, including mass media, speech communication, and more.

Dissertation Databases

Use one of the following databases to find dissertations.  Once you have identified the dissertations you need, submit an interlibrary loan request to get a copy if it is not available at UW or online.  You can also buy copies of many dissertations via ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.  

Find UW Communication Dissertations

The UW Libraries hold physical copies of dissertations written by UW students before 2013.  From 2013 forward, most UW dissertations will only be hosted online through UW Libraries ResearchWorks Service.  To locate physical and online dissertations, use UW Libraries Search.  Try using the Advanced Search in the following ways:

  • By keyword (Any field)
  • By topic - use Any field and combine communication theses with topical keyword(s):
    • communication theses AND interpersonal communication
    • communication theses AND television
    • communication theses AND media AND democracy
  • By author or title



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