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ANTH 281a: Graduate Library Orientation: Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations are unpublished book-length manuscripts completed in order to earn a Ph.D.  Master Degree theses are generally shorter, focused and well-documented research papers.  

A good starting point to writing a thesis is the Library's Research Guide on Writing Dissertations and Theses. 

Various subject-based databases index and abstract dissertations and some theses that you can use as sources for your research and templates for your own theses.  These include:

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses 
  • Licensed by UCSD
  • The Dissertations and Theses database from ProQuest cites 2.3 million works issued by graduate institutions in North America and beyond from 1861 to the present. PDF full texts of most UC dissertations starting about 1997 are available online at no charge.
Center for Research Libraries 
Additional ETD Links 
University of California ETDs

Recent UC San Diego Dissertations in Anthropology

Ph.D. dissertations fom the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology, 2009+  Open access to 24 page previews online.  UCSD-only access to complete texts.