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Finding Dissertations and Theses
- Online databases
- Paper & microfiche copies (1895-2005)
- Other UA theses and reports on campus
- Preparation & submission of your dissertation or thesis
UA Theses & Dissertations (UA Campus Repository) (open access) – The UA Campus Repository contains full text of approved UA dissertations and theses submitted to the library, including:
- Dissertations and masters theses submitted electronically from 2005-present
- Dissertations and masters theses from 1895-2006, digitized from paper and microfilm versions
- Master’s reports from the College of Architecture from 2003-present
- Honors College theses submitted from 2008-present
New UA dissertations and masters theses are added to the UA Campus Repository on a monthly basis; Honors College theses are added to the UA Campus Repository each semester.
We're in the process of digitizing the entire backfile of master's theses and doctoral dissertations that have been submitted to the UA Libraries, dating back to 1895! If you can't find the item you want in the repository and would like to check its digitization status, please email email@example.com.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (Interactive Tutorial) - Index of all doctoral dissertations and some master's theses from the UA, as well as most North American and many European colleges and universities, back as far as 1637.
- Full text: available for all North American dissertations and some master's theses submitted after 1996, and for many before that. Also available from selected UK universities.
- Indexing/abstracts only: available for many institutions in the UK, Ireland, continental Europe and China.
NOTE: Full text for some recent titles may not be available due to restrictions placed by the author, patents pending, or problems regarding use of copyrighted material without permission. (Available only to UA affiliates.)
Dissertations & Theses @ University of Arizona (formerly Current Research @ UA) - Includes only the UA portion of the above ProQuest database. Coverage for UA is from 1924 to present, with limited master's coverage from 1980 forward. Full text is available for most of those submitted after 1996 and for many before that. (Available only to UA affiliates.)
All UA dissertations and theses received by the UA Libraries (paper, microform, and electronic copies) are listed in our catalog.
They may be searched by AUTHOR and/or TITLE or KEYWORDS from the title.
For those after 1990, it's possible to search by UA ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS that conferred the degrees by selecting a SUBJECT search and entering the department/school name, such as "chemistry" or "music and dance." (If necessary, use the "Limit/Sort" button to limit to Words in Publisher "university of arizona"). Before 1990, access by academic department is only available using the UA Libraries' Checklist of Theses and Dissertations Accepted for Higher Degrees, at AS36 A6 C5 Info Commons Ref.
Retrieve lists of print and microform UA dissertations and theses by year (1895-2005) from the catalog.
Architecture College Master's Reports and Theses before 2003 should now be available in the UA Campus Repository. If you can't find the item you want in the repository, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geosciences Department maintains a nearly complete paper collection of geosciences theses and dissertations back to 1967. These are available in the Antevs Library in Gould-Simpson, Room 208. Click here for a complete list. (Note: This collection holds a number of master's theses not available in the UA Libraries.) Some of these theses have been digitized and added to the UA Campus Repository.
Honors College Theses, from the late 1960s to 2005, are available only in Special Collections. These theses are not listed in the online catalog, but a separate card catalog for them is available in Special Collections. Many Honors College Theses submitted electronically since 2008 are included in the UA Campus Repository; however, not all students opt to include their theses. Individuals trying to obtain a record or copy of their own Honors College theses electronic submissions since 2008 that are not included online, and paper Honors College submissions from 2006-2007, should contact the Honors College.
Hydrology & Water Resources Department Library maintains a collection of theses and dissertations from 1956 to present. The UA Libraries have now also digitized most hydrology dissertations and theses submitted at UA from 1917-2005; these are available in the UA Campus Repository and listed in the library catalog.
Nursing Thesis & Dissertation Library - The UA College of Nursing has begun a project to create a digital repository of BSN honor’s theses, master’s reports, master’s theses, and dissertations. The purpose is to provide information about the college’s theses and dissertations to include in other databases such as CINAHL and to make them electronically available to local and worldwide academic communities.
Other Information about UA Dissertations and Theses
UA Master's Theses are only received and archived by the UA Libraries and ProQuest if the student has chosen to pay the archiving fee. This was optional for master's students from 1993-2015, so the library does not have copies of many master's theses submitted during that time. Some academic departments, including those listed above, may keep copies of theses submitted to them.
In the UA Libraries, print and microform copies of UA dissertations and theses all have a call number that begins with " E9791 " followed by the year of acceptance. The final element is an accession number (starting with "1" at the beginning of each calendar year) which, in general, indicates the order of receipt.
Paper copies of many UA dissertations are available in the stacks up through 1981. Beginning with 1982, only microfiche copies are available, except for paper copies located in the Main Library's Special Collections on Arizona topics, and those containing special formats that cannot be easily filmed, such as music scores and maps, which are sent to the appropriate branch collections.
All dissertations received full cataloging in OCLC (WorldCat) until 1990. Since then, brief cataloging has only been done locally in our online catalog. (Because of this, most of those received from 1990 to 2005 are not listed in WorldCat or WorldCat Local.)
UA Graduate College Manuals for submission of Theses & Dissertations (includes specific formatting requirements)
UMI Electronic submission website for UA (includes formatting requirements, various publishing guides on copyright and other topics, help for creating PDFs, and more)
Last modified: November 12, 2015