This guide recommends resources for research in English language studies, British and American literature, and other literatures written in English.
Dissertations: Electronic Resources
The following databases either index or provide full text to dissertations. If full text is not available, check the UW Libraries Search for library holdings. Those not listed in the catalog or available online may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Full Text includes 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. [UW restricted]
Includes citations to dissertations on literature, language, film and folklore studies beginning in 1969. Provides better subject access than Dissertation Abstracts. Be sure to limit search to publication type "dissertation abstract." [UW restricted]
OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes over 1.5 million theses and dissertations.
American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 includes nearly 100,000 dissertations from 1933 through 1955. This print index was compiled annually by the H.W. Wilson Company for the National Research Council and The American Council of Learned Societies by the Association of Research Libraries. The content in American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 represents the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by U.S. universities during that period of time.