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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 (OATD.org) 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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