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Phd Dissertation Search

All Stanford dissertations and theses are listed in SearchWorks. (From the home page, click the “Dissertations & theses” link under Featured resources. Limit any search result by selecting "Thesis/Dissertation” under Genre in the left column.)

Most Stanford dissertations written between 1989 and 2009 are available as PDFs from Proquest. You can access these directly from Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford or from the Searchworks record.

If the thesis or dissertation was filed in a digital format (this option was available starting in November 2009) it may not be indexed in the Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford database, but it will be available through a direct link in the SearchWorks record and from Google. If the student opted for embargo restrictions, some of or the entire dissertation may not be available for up to five years after the submission date.

You can submit a request to view a print copy of a dissertation in the Special Collections & University Archives department (library use only). The SearchWorks record will indicate if there is a circulating print copy that you can check out.

You can purchase copies of Stanford dissertations completed before 2010 via UMI Dissertation Express from ProQuest.

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

    A collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.

  • Center for Research Libraries Catalog

    The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

  • DART-Europe E-theses Portal

    Access to thousands of open access research theses from universities in European countries.

  • DiVA Academic Archive On-line

    Theses from 30 universities and colleges of higher education from Sweden and other Scandinavian universities. (In English, Swedish, and Norwegian).

  • Electronic Theses Online Services (EThOS)

    Access to UK Theses.

  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

    An Open Access Initiative (OAI) Union Catalog of theses and dissertations from many countries, which are all immediately available electronically.

  • PQDT Open

    Full text of open access dissertations and theses.

  • Theses Canada Portal

    Canadian theses at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

  • Trove: National Library of Australia

    Limit your search by doing an Advanced Search and limit by Format Value: Thesis.

  • WorldCat

    OCLC WorldCat database is the OCLC online catalog. It contains over 43 million records describing library holdings.

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