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Dissertations and Theses @ UC
UCSD dissertations may be found in print, online (or both), and even audio or video recordings.
- Check the catalog record for that dissertation or thesis to determine location and online availability. Master's theses are online from 2009- ; Doctoral dissertations are online from 1996- .
- Many dissertations and theses are stored in the Annex. A few are housed on the 1st Floor, East Wing of Geisel. You can use the Request link in the catalog record or our Annex/ILL request form to have it delivered to the Geisel Library or WongAvery Library hold shelves or Curbside pickup at Gilman (UCSD only).
UC dissertations may be found online in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses from 1996-present. Earlier years + dissertations outside of UC are abstracts only but may be requested on Interlibrary loan.
Online resources and tips on how to find and read UC and Non-UC Dissertations & Theses are detailed on the Finding Dissertations library guide. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact me directly or via Ask a Librarian.
Recent UCSD dissertations and theses may not yet be available online via Dissertations and Theses. Look for this note in the record: To view the electronic version prior to online publication, contact the University Archivist through the reference Staff at the Mandeville Special Collections Library, Geisel Library.
Some authors have chosen to delay the availability of their dissertation for viewing, indicated by Abstract only. Full text available after [date] ProQuest. or by a Note in the catalog Embargoed until [date]. Your best option here might be to contact the author directly.
UC Library Search - UCSD Library Catalog
All UCSD dissertations and theses are/ should be cataloged in UC Library Search.
- If you know the author or title, search accordingly.
- To search by topic, include dissertations and UCSD in your keyword search. For example: ucsd dissertations wireless networks. Then choose Resource Type Dissertations. To refine your results to a specific department, program or discipline, select a record and look at the phrase in the Genre field. Then re-use that in Advanced search with the scope Library Catalog.
Note: you may see variations for the department or discipline name. See Dissertations -- UCSD -- Electrical and Dissertations --UCSD --Computer as examples. The specialty area is further defined so either sort by date, author, title and/or Modify search for author, subject or title in order to locate what you need. Note that the 2 departments (CSE and ECE) split; they were known as EECS prior to 1987/8 so look under Dissertations -- UCSD -- Electrical engineering - computer ... for related theses and dissertations.