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Locating UIUC Dissertations & Theses

There are a number of ways to locate dissertations and theses (D&T) produced at UIUC.


Online Library Catalog

All  D&T, once received and processed by the University Library Acquisitions, should have a record in the Online Library Catalog and findable by known title, author via either version of the catalog --  VuFind version  or Classic version.  To locate D&Ts by department criteria, one must use the Online Library Catalog Classic version.  See Find Theses & Dissertations guide for how to do this.  Note: It may take a few weeks or months for D&Ts to be received and processed.  

In 2010 students had the option of online only, so from that point on there may not be a print version.  All D&Ts are submitted to ProQuest Digital Dissertations where they are accessible.  Plus the Library purchases records from ProQuest that links to the online version there.  These records are received twice a year -- in January and in July.

If you are not finding a record in the catalog for a known D&T, contact Lea Howard, Library Acquisitions, UIUC Theses and Dissertations coordinator, at 333-3829 or lhoward@illinois.edu for assistance. 


The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the campus repository for published and unpublished research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and graduate students, including D&Ts.  In 2010 it became optional for Ph.D.s to submit dissertations online in IDEALS.  In 2011 it became mandatory to deposit them online in IDEALS.  There are several ways to locate D&Ts in IDEALS:

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 embargo for dissertations and theses either to the University of Illinois or completely.  After 2 years from date, an embargoed dissertation or theses in IDEALS will be openly available in IDEALS.


ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses

All UIUC dissertations and theses should eventually make their way to the ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses.  (This database can be accessed via the Online Research Resources (ORR). This database contains citations back to 1861, abstracts back to 1980, and the full text of many dissertations from 1997 (and sometimes earlier) to present. Almost all dissertations written at Illinois from 1997 forward are available as a free full-text download in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. Masters theses have been selectively indexed since 1962.

Since 2005, Online Library Catalog records for Ph.D. dissertations included a link to ProQuest Digital Dissertations.

Some departmental library units provide in-house databases or lists of D&T for the convenience of their constituent departments.  For example, CPLA thesis, dissertations, and projects offers a list of Master and Doctoral Theses and Projects for both Urban and Regional Planning as well as Landscape Architecture. 


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