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How to conduct a thorough search for dissertations available worldwide.
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Dissertation Search Strategies

Looking for dissertations on a particular topic to complete your research or determine whether your proposal will be a unique topic? Increasingly full text dissertations are freely available, though a thorough search means searching multiple resources and consulting your local librarian.

Start with a Google or Google Scholar search on your topic.

Check your local catalog (Virgo at U.Va.) and repository (Libra at U.Va.), though most of these items should appear in a Google search.

Many older dissertations are still only available in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

WorldCat is also a good source for older titles.

Center for Research Libraries (U.Va. is a member) is a good source for dissertations from around the world. 

Interlibrary Services at U.Va. has more tips on finding non-US dissertations.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations ( has titles and abstracts of theses from over 800 institutions around the world, including U.Va.

At U.Va., check the Subject Guide for your area and contact your Subject Librarian.

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