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Anyone can use Dissertation Express to purchase a dissertation or thesis if ProQuest has a copy. You are prompted to create a free ProQuest account before you can see a quote, but they're typically $38 for a PDF and higher for a print copy. There is no charge for the PDF if the author has made their dissertation open access.
Dissertation Access for Non-UCSD Affiliates
If you are not a UCSD student, faculty or staff member, you can:
- Search eScholarship and download any open access/freely available UC dissertations.
- Some dissertations are embargoed and unavailable for the first 1-2 years.
As a visitor to the UCSD Library you can:
- Access any print dissertations that are still onsite, or any that you've requested be retrieved from the Annex.
- Search ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT), and download any dissertations and theses from UCSD or another University of California campus if they are available electronically.
- Search most of the subject-specific databases for dissertations on your topic (SciFinder is a notable exception).
But you cannot:
- Access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses or the other library-licensed databases from off-campus, or anywhere on campus except on the library computers.
- Use our interlibrary loan service to borrow or acquire any materials from another library.
However, you can: