Locating UIUC Dissertations & Theses

Online Library Catalog

Prior to 2010, all dissertations and theses were in print format and added to the online catalog. All Ph.D. dissertations and Masters theses should have a record in the Online Library Catalog and can be searched by known title or author.  See Find Theses & Dissertations guide for how to do this. Most dissertations and theses are also submitted to ProQuest Digital Dissertations where they are accessible.   


Since 2010, all theses and dissertations have been electronic in format.  The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the campus repository for electronic dissertations and theses (EDT). 

Note 1:  Occasionally there are download problems with large pdfs when left-clicking link.  If this happens, try right-clicking and saving to your computer and open locally (may take a few minutes).  If further problems, contact ideals-gen@illinois.edu.

Note 2:  The Graduate College allows a limited, 2 year access embargo for dissertations and theses, usually for intellectual property review.  Dissertations and theses are limited to Illinois users for copyright protection.

ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses

All UIUC dissertations and theses should have been added to the ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses.  This database contains citations back to 1861 and includes abstracts back to 1980.  Full text of UIUC dissertations from mid-1940s to the present should be available to campus users. Masters theses have been selectively indexed since 1962.