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Finding theses and dissertations in the Engineering Library

Most Masters' and PhD theses from the University of Washington are catalogued by subject area (like a book) and can be searched using the UW Libraries Search. Theses and dissertations may also available online in full-text via the Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global database. Theses can take up to a year to appear in the UW Libraries catalog. 

Theses can be browsed in the UW Libraries Search Advanced Search. To find all the theses in a particular subject area, go to Advanced Search and type in theses -- followed by the subject area: 

  • Theses -- Civil Engineering
  • Theses -- Computer Science
  • Theses -- Electrical Engineering
  • Theses -- Mechanical Engineering

Choose 'any field' 'is (exact)" - see below. Click search.

Next, on the left under "Resource Type",  limit the search results to: "Dissertations & Theses."

Theses may also be browsed in the Engineering General Stacks according to their assigned call number. Most Engineering theses can be found in the Engineering Library at the following call numbers:


Call #

Aeronautics and Astronautics


Applied Mathematics


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Computer Science and Engineering


Electrical and Electronics Engineering


General Engineering


Human Centered Design and Engineering Q223
Industrial  and Systems Engineering T55.4
Inter-Engineering T7
Manufacturing Engineering TS7

Materials Science and Engineering


Mechanical Engineering TJ7
Nuclear Engineering TK9006

How do I get a thesis that is not held by the UW Libraries?

If the thesis that you are looking for is not in the UW Libraries search, you can: