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Using Dissertations in Research

Dissertations may be useful sources for you as you conduct your research, even though they are not considered to be peer-reviewed sources.

  • Use the references list to find more sources like it.
  • See if the student later published anything else - remember to search for people as well as publications.
  • Look at the student's faculty committee to see if they have published related research.

Loyola and Notre Dame Dissertations and Theses

The library also provides direct access to dissertations written by past Loyola and Notre Dame students. Directions for accessing these collections on the library website are to the right. The direct links to each collection are also included below.

Finding Dissertations and Theses

The best database to start with is ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full Text. This database includes doctoral dissertations and master's theses back to 1997 or earlier, and citations and abstracts back to 1985. In other words - "Full Text" is in the database title, but you can mostly only get the full text of dissertations written since 1997. You can make interlibrary loan requests to get the full text of older dissertations. You can also try searching for the dissertation title online - it never hurts to try.

Some particularly useful and unique search options in this database are to search for advisors and institutions.

ProQuest advanced search screen

Some other databases also contain dissertations and theses results, including EBSCO databases and other ProQuest databases.

Accessing Loyola and Notre Dame Dissertations & Theses

LNDL Search tab

Links to sources for theses/dissertations