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Dissertations & Theses

UT Austin Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations and theses submitted at UT Austin can be found in the Library Catalog scope of the search interface.  These include both the older print copies currently housed in storage (mostly before 2000) and electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) that are available only online from our repository, Texas ScholarWorks.  Most records for ETDs also include a summary of the work.

  • To look up a specific dissertation or thesis, you can find it quickly by entering the author's name and/or words from its title. 
  • To look up dissertations by faculty supervisor, search the name of the faculty adviser as an Author, and refine by Resource Type=Dissertation.  Note: the supervisor name has only been included as an added author in our bibliographic records since around 2001.  In recent years we also include the name of the the degree-granting department. 
  • If you're searching subject-related keywords, you can use the Resource Type facet to refine your results to Dissertations.  (Many older hardcopy dissertations and master's theses and reports are classified as Manuscripts, so to be thorough you should select this facet too.)

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Note:  It usually takes as much as a year after a degree is granted before the dissertation is cataloged and available to the public.  If the student has placed an embargo on access, it won't be available for about three years after submission.

Dissertations Worldwide

Millions of dissertations from around the world are indexed via ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, which is included in the Articles & More scope of Library Search.  Full text of many dissertations can be found via ProQuest (restricted to UT Austin users) or Open Access from various repositories. 

To find these, do a search in the Articles & More section, and facet by Resource Type > Dissertations.

You can also search PQDTG database directly:

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