Finding the full-text of dissertations can be tricky.
Dissertations are indexed in many of the library databases, but when they provide the
reference from dissertation abstracts, that’s the full-text. The abstract.
To obtain the full-text of a dissertation, here are some ideas.
- Submit an ILL
request for a thesis or dissertation: http://catalog.llu.edu/screens/ill.html.
To request an ILL
is free, however, most institutions (the institution being the place where
the author received PhD) do not lend dissertations. But,
occasionally some will.
- Order the
full-text from UMI - http://www.umi.com/products_umi/dissertations/.
Prices range from $46-96
- Try to find the
author on the web – see if the author has a faculty page at a university. Email and ask for the full-text of the dissertation. Surprisingly, many of
the authors are happy to email you their entire dissertation.
- Search GoogleScholar for the fulltext of the dissertation. Many authors are now posting their dissertations online.