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Dissertations & Theses: UCSD, UC and Non-UC Dissertations & Theses

Locating and acquiring dissertations & theses from UCSD and beyond

More Databases & Catalogs

Most of these databases cover open access theses and dissertations, which you can download at no charge. If the one you want isn't available, request through Interlibrary Loan.

Along with the resources listed below, you can also search dissertation collections for Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, The Netherlands, Hong Kong/Macau, South Africa, and Scandinavia. Google and Google Scholar are also good places to search for open access theses and dissertations.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

ProQuest's Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) is the best starting point for finding dissertations, indexing more than 3.8 million dissertations and theses from 1743 to present, though with greater coverage of dissertations.

  • UCSD affiliates can download University of California dissertations from 1996-present and theses from 2008-present, unless embargoed.
  • If there's an option to order a copy but no PDF, click UC-eLinks (or use the interlibrary loan request form) to request a copy of the dissertation. In most cases, you can preview the first 24 pages.
  • If you do not see "Order a copy" for a particular dissertation, regardless of institution, then it's likely that the dissertation is not available at all due to an embargo set by the author. Your best option at this point may be to contact the author, their advisor, or look for journal articles and other related works by the author.