What are Dissertations?
- A dissertation is a research thesis written for completion of a masters or doctoral degree.
- It represents academic research, however, it is not a published source, and may not be an appropriate resource for undergraduate research.
What are Dissertation Abstracts?
- Dissertation Abstracts are summaries of a dissertation, not the entire work.
- As summaries, Dissertation Abstracts should not be cited for academic research.
- Dissertation Abstracts may be found through searches in library databases and may appear to be citations for full-length academic articles; they are not!
How do I know if I should request a Dissertation or Dissertation Abstract?
- Undergraduate students should consult with their instructor. Students will likely find more suitable research resources elsewhere.
- Faculty may wish to read a dissertation's abstract to remain current in a field of study, and determine if it is necessary to obtain the full-length dissertation.
Requesting a Dissertation via Interlibrary Loan
- Some dissertations may be available to borrow from I-Share, our consortium of libraries. Please search the I-Share catalog first, and request if available. (more information on using I-Share)
- Log into ILLiad.
- On the left menu, under "New Request," select "Thesis".
- Fill in as much information as possible, and please acknowledge in the Notes fields that you are requesting a dissertation.
- Click Submit Request.
- If there are any questions, a library staff member will contact you.
- Faculty: If a thesis is NOT available to borrow, the library will contact you about purchasing a copy using your department's acquisition allocation funds. If purchased, the dissertation will be cataloged and housed at the library.
- Faculty: If you wish to obtain a dissertation abstract, create a New Request for an Article in ILLiad. Please make a note that you DO want the abstract.
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org