Find MU Dissertations & Theses

Current Research @ MU
  • Access full-text online dissertations written at MU 1995-present
Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations in MOspace
  • Allows you to search and browse electronic theses and dissertations submitted by MU graduate students.
  • Full text of theses and dissertations approved for release are available through this archive (2004-date), as well as public abstracts submitted on paper.
  • May contain more recent dissertations than Current Research@MU
MERLIN Catalog

Find Dissertations & Theses from other Institutions

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (also known as Dissertation Abstracts)
  • Search by keyword, author, advisor, institution and many other fields.
  • Coverage: 1861-date
  • The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author.
  • Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts.
  • A select number of titles include free 24 page previews.
  • Request dissertations through Interlibrary Loan (ILL@MU).
Google Scholar
  • Not all, but many universities are now making theses and dissertations freely available through their digital repositories, similar to MU's MOspace.  If you know of a non-MU dissertation or thesis and want to find the full-text, search Google.
  • For best results, put quotation marks around the title.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
  • Search engine for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), whether they are open access or not
  • Enter search terms and select Dissertation/Thesis as Content Type.
DART-Europe E-theses portal

Borrow a Dissertation

  • Logon to ILL@MU  and fill out the dissertation request form.
  • If the dissertation is non-circulating:
    • ILL@MU will automatically order the dissertation from ProQuest
    • You will be given the option to either borrow the dissertation or to purchase it for $36.00.
  • If the dissertation is "in use" or "not on the shelf":
    • You will be notified
    • You will be given the option of purchasing the dissertation at $36.00 or the option of us holding the request for a month and trying to borrow the item again.
  • We are unable to purchase every dissertation that is not available for loan due to budget constraints.

Purchase a Dissertation

  • Purchase a dissertation through MU Libraries
    • Logon to ILL@MU and fill out the dissertation request form.
    • In the "comments" field state that you would like to purchase a personal copy of the dissertation.  The cost is $36.00 (the price is subject to change by ProQuest)
    • We will order the item for you and have you come to the ILL office to pick it up and pay for it.
    • We request that you pay for the dissertation with cash, check or money order when you pick it up.  At this time we are unable to accept credit cards or charge to your student account.
  • Purchase dissertations directly from ProQuest using a credit card:
    • Proquest Order Form
    • The cost is $43.00 (the price is subject to change by ProQuest).
    • ProQuest will deliver the item directly to you.
    • If you have any questions, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 573-882-1101 or email us at: ellisi@missouri.edu