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Finding Dissertations and Theses

Use this guide to learn how to obtain copies of dissertations and theses.


WorldCat is a global library catalog which allows you to search for materials cataloged in most libraries throughout the world.

Access WorldCat from the Resource Gateway on the IU Libraries homepage or go directly to WorldCat

WorldCat is useful in your dissertation and thesis search for two purposes. Use it to:

  • Verify and identify dissertations when you have only some bibliographic information.
  • Search for dissertations and theses from around the globe that are not found in ProQuest.

To limit by thesis/dissertation, enter your search terms and then specify “thesis/dissertation” in the Content box under “Subtype limits.”

Limiting to Dissertations in WorldCat


If you are interested in an item that isn’t available at IU, request from Interlibrary Loan by clicking “Get This Item” in the full record for the item:


WorldCat and ILL