Dissertations and Theses

Chester Fritz Library How to find Dissertations and Theses

Why Use Theses & Dissertation?

Theses (Master's Level) and Dissertations (Doctoral level) are best for in-depth research.

They are:
  • often used by students starting their own advanced degree work;
  • demonstrate scholarship in an area of study, providing literature reviews, extensive bibliographies and research instruments.

Citations of Dissertations:
  • can be found in many search tools, from academic databases to Internet searches;
  • full text of those authored at UND can be instantaneously accessed, while those outside of UND can take 10 working days or more to obtain through Interlibrary Loan.

Sometimes academic institutions host Institutional Repositories to allow free access to their scholarly output like the UND Scholarly Commons.

Try searching Google Scholar or the other resources on this guide to find dissertation and theses.

Dissertations & Theses Databases


The two Proquest databases linked below are subscription databases that digitize and store dissertations and theses for institutions worldwide, including UND.

Instruments or Inventory for Research

The Dissertations & Theses database can be a good resource when you are looking for a copy of an inventory or other instrument for your research:

  • Keyword search for the name of the tool
  • Browse the Index Terms (keywords) list and add them to your search

Since dissertations from the past 20 years include an extensive preview, you can check the table of contents or appendices to see if the author has included a copy of the research tool. If it looks promising, Interlibrary Loan the complete dissertation.

Reference and Research Services, Chester Fritz Library