Skip to Main Content

Education Doctoral Students

Finding full text copies of dissertations

Options for finding full text copies of specific non-SPU dissertations

This is a very common question. Most dissertations are not available through InterLibrary Loan.  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.

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 work.

4. You can purchase a soft copy for about $38. Here is the link to use for purchasing.

5. Every once in a while, searching in Google, using the title of the dissertation, will reveal a copy that is available.

VIDEO Finding Books Using the Library's Search Engine @ 6 minutes

Learning Outcomes: by the end of this video you will know how to:

  • use the library's search engine to find books
  • how to refine your results
  • request books from the Summit catalog, consortium of colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest

Online search tools for dissertations

Dissertation Resources