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
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full Text (Interactive Tutorial) - Index of all doctoral dissertations and some master's theses from UA, as well as most North American and many European colleges and universities, back as far as 1637. Full text is available for most of those submitted after 1996 and for many before that. Abstracts are included for dissertations published since 1980 and Master's theses published since 1988.
NOTE: Full text for a few 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 database. Coverage for UA is from 1922 to present. (Master's coverage before 1982 is very limited.) Full text is available for most of those submitted after 1996 and for many before that. (Available only to UA affiliates.)
UA Theses & Dissertations (UA Campus Repository) (open access) – The UA Campus Repository contains full text of approved UA dissertations and theses including:
- Dissertations and masters theses submitted electronically from 2005-present
- Dissertations and masters theses from 1917-2006, 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 are in the process of digitizing the entire backfile of master's theses and doctoral dissertations that have been submitted to the University of Arizona Libraries, dating back to 1895! The items will be available in the UA Campus Repository by June 30th, 2013. If you can't find the item you want in the repository and would like to check its digitization status, please email us at email@example.com.
All UA dissertations and theses received by the Libraries (paper, microform and electronic copies) are listed in our online Library Catalog .
They may be searched by AUTHOR and/or TITLE or KEYWORDS from the title.
For those after 1990, it is possible to search by UA ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS which 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 Library's 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 online Catalog.
Architecture College Master's Reports and Theses before 2003 are available in the Fine Arts Library. These are listed in the Architecture Theses list arranged in three sections by date under Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. (Many of the titles can be found in the Library's online Catalog.)
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, Rm 208. Click here for a complete list. (Note: This collection holds a number of Master's Theses not available in the UA Libraries.)
Honors College Theses, from the late 1960s to 2005, are also available only in Special Collections. They are not listed in the online catalog, but a separate card catalog for them is available in Special Collections. Honors College Theses submitted electronically since 2008 are included in the UA Library's Campus Repository.
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 Library's Campus Repository and listed in the library catalog.
Nursing Thesis & Dissertation Library - The University of Arizona 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 Library and ProQuest if the student has chosen to pay the archiving fee. This has been optional for master's students since 1993, so the Library does not have copies of many master's theses submitted since then. Some academic departments, including those listed above, may keep copies of theses submitted to them.
In the UA Library, 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 web site for UA (includes formatting requirements, various publishing guides on copyright and other topics, help for creating PDFs and more)
Please refer questions about this page to Laurie Eagleson
Last modified: April 22, 2013