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Dissertations & Theses: UCSD Dissertations & Theses

Locating and acquiring dissertations & theses from UCSD and beyond

Embargoed Dissertations

If you see Embargoed until [date] or Full text available after [date], the author chose to delay the public release of their dissertation until that date. Your best option here might be to contact the author directly, or their advisor, or check the appropriate database(s) to find related journal articles and other works by the author.

UC San Diego Dissertations

UCSD dissertations may be found in print, online (or both), and even audio or video recordings. Check the Roger record for that dissertation or thesis to determine location and online availability. Many of the online dissertations will have this in the record:

ProQuest. Restricted to UC IP addresses - Available in ProQuest Dissertation and Theses, and access is similar to that of any of our other online resources, where UC San Diego faculty, staff and students can access off campus using VPN.

eScholarship - Available in eScholarship, the University of California open access repository. This copy can be read or downloaded by anyone, on or off campus, at no charge.

Most print dissertations and theses are stored in the Annex, and can be delivered to the Library upon request. Use the Request link in the Roger record if you have a library account, or our Annex request form.

Search for Dissertations and Theses in the Library Catalog

All UCSD dissertations and theses are cataloged in Roger.

  • 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.  To refine your results to a specific department, program or discipline, select a record and click the Genre/Form link. You will likely see variations for the department or discipline name. See Dissertations -- UCSD -- Theater as an example.