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As the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress, PQDTGlobal includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full-text dissertations. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works. It also includes PQDT UK & Ireland content.
Contributions are added each year from 700 leading academic institutions worldwide, along with collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations. Full-text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Some will be native PDF, some PDF image.
Each dissertation published since July, 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDTGlobal provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.
You may also want to search for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) through the University of Kentucky Electronic Theses and Dissertations site and/or the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Find ETDs page. Additional European materials, including full-text, can be found in DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP). And Electronic Theses and Dissertation Portals lists several other access points from around the world.
For more information, see the ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Research Guide.
Page Image - PDF for direct access to full-text.
You can also purchase copies through the database if full-text PDFs are not available for download, but most items can be borrowed from other institutions (see below). University of Kentucky dissertations and theses are available in paper in the libraries' collections; search for them in the InfoKat Discovery Library Catalog. These listings are more current than those in Proquest. A few dissertations and theses from other institutions are also available in paper or microform in the libraries' collections and can be found in InfoKat Discovery.
You can request items through Interlibrary Loan if you are affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Nearly all master's theses are available for loan, as well as many dissertations. To make an Interlibrary Loan request, you will need to have established an ILLiad account. You can find many of the publications from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global in InfoKat Discovery. Medical Center Library Users Please Note: please use the Medical Center Library's ILLiad service for your Interlibrary Loan requests.