Options for finding full text copies of specific non-SPU dissertations that is not available in Dissertation Abstracts:
This is a very common question. Most dissertations are not available through InterLibrary Loan because there is only one copy and institutions don’t want to lose the only copy they have. Listed below are several ways to try to get your hands on a copy of a dissertation.
1. Search Open Dissertations is an EBSCOHost database. (thanks to Kirsten Koetje, for pointing this resource out to me)
2. Go to the University of Washington. Access their ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database and see if there is a full text copy of the dissertation available. Suzzallo usually has a few open computers which allow one to search for items. Make sure you save the PDF of the dissertation to a flash drive. Do not email the record to yourself.
3. Identify the author of a dissertation and look for contact information for them using Google. Send them an email letting them know your interest in their tome. I have done this many times and, typically, an author is more than willing to send you a soft copy.
4. You can purchase a soft copy for about $38. Here is the link to use for purchasing. http://dissexpress.umi.com/dxweb/search.html
5. Every once in a while, searching in Google, using the title of the dissertation, will reveal a copy that is available.
Click on the Login (for full search results) link and use your Banner credentials.
Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH link. Type a few unique keywords from your list into the search boxes. For example, try Vygotsky and hit enter.
On the results page, use the drop down menu next to the SPU Library+Summit verbiage to look for items just in the SPU library.
To request a book from a Summit school, indicated by orange verbiage that says, Check holdings below the title of the book, click on the hyperlinked title.
Click on the Place Summit request (about 5 days) link.
Click on the Request link.
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org when you items arrives in the SPU library. You can pick the item up at the Front Desk.
Learning Outcomes: by the end of this screencast, you will know how to: