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ANTH 196A: Honors Thesis Research : Dissertations & Theses

Templates and Guides For Writing Undergraduate Theses

UCSD provides documentation for preparing graduate theses and dissertations which may help: Section III: Organization of Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses is probably most helpful, but this also provides very specific detail about specific sections (ie abstracts, acknowledgments, the use of images and statistics, etc.) -- rather than guidance on the overall structure and not information specific to undergrads.

Dissertations & Theses

See the Dissertations & Theses Research Guide for more information.

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   

This database indexes and abstracts 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.

If the dissertation or theses is not available full-text

  •  you may be able to find an open-access copy with a Google Search, since many universities provide free access
  • Or you can likely get it through Interlibrary Loan

Center for Research Libraries   

CRL is a good source for foreign dissertations; our CRL membership provides free loans for UCSD researchers.

Additional ETD Links   

Use this UCSD LibGuide for more links to ETD (electronic theses and dissertations) repositories across the globe.


UC Dissertations and Theses can also be found by

  • Using UC Library Search  and selecting dissertations from the Resource Type facet


  • Searching UC eScholarship for University of California ETDs
    • To limit to ETDs, click on the thesis box in the menu on the left. To limit to a particular campus, select the drop down option and the campus you want to search.  To limit to MA Theses (rather than dissertations) in a particular field, put anthropology thesis into the search box in the upper right-hand corner and select "This Series," rather than "All of e-Scholarship."

There are also additional resources to find Undergraduate Theses: