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Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations held at EPSL

For dissertations and theses, primarily in the STEM disciplines, search the UMD Library Classic Catalog. For instructions on how to find dissertations for a specific department, see Finding UM Dissertations of Specific Departments. Full-text UM dissertations since 1997 are available from Dissertations and Theses database.

Dissertation Databases

Dissertations & Theses Global

This database is the an authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities. It indexes doctoral dissertations from 1861 to the present, with abstracts since 1980. A number of master's theses are also indexed, with abstracts since 1988. Full text is available from 1997 to the present. It offers access to more than 90 percent of the doctoral dissertations accepted each year in North America. The database also covers thousands of dissertations and theses from around the globe. If the full text is not available, UMD students, faculty, and staff can request non-UMD dissertations via Interlibrary Loan.

Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM)

DRUM contains three types of materials: faculty-deposited documents, a library-managed collection of UMD theses and dissertations, and collections of technical reports. Materials are available full text but some restrictions might be in place at the authors' requests. Browse by community/collection, title, author or date. Search all items in DRUM by using the yellow search box at the top of the navigation bar on the left. Specific search techniques are described in the Help section of the page.

Foreign Dissertations from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

Search the CRL catalog for foreign dissertations already held at the center. If a foreign dissertation is not at CRL, the UM Libraries' Interibrary Loan service can request that CRL acquire it for your use. A special issue of Focus on Global Resources describes CRL's extensive collection of foreign dissertations.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

This international organization promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic analogues to traditional paper-based theses and dissertations in order to more effectively share knowledge.

Australasian Digital Theses (ADT)

This database contains details of theses produced by postgraduate research students at more than 30 Australasian universities. The database offers free access to the full text of many digital theses hosted at the participating universities servers. To access this free content, search for a specific topic in the books section on the web site, then from the left pane narrow down your query to format (theses) and availability.

British Library EThOS

The British Library's electronic theses online service aims to provide a single point of access to all theses produced by UK higher education. It currently contains more than 250,000 records, with 25,000 open-access theses available for immediate download. Researchers can request theses not yet available electronically, which will be scanned and made freely available.

Obtaining Copies of UM Dissertations for Non-UMD Users

The UMD Libraries do not provide Interlibrary Loan service to individuals unaffiliated with UMD. If you are from another ILL office, click on our Lending Policies and Procedures for more information.

Finding UMD Dissertations of Specific Departments

For detailed instructions on how to find UMD Dissertations, check the Subject guide or run a quick search in the UMD Libraries' Classic Catalog:

  1. Click on the Advanced Search tab
  2. Enter department name in the search box; for example, physics
  3. Keep the left drop-down menu set at "all fields"
  4. Enter University of Maryland word search option "thesis institution/place" to limit search to University of Maryland theses and dissertations.
  5. Change the format drop-down menu to "Theses/Dissertations."