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OSU Theses & Dissertations

You can search the OSU Catalog for dissertations by:

Using the catalog's Advanced Search, you can limit to both online and print theses.  See our Theses/Dissertations Mini-Catalog for a search pre-limited to online/print theses.

Alternatively, you can search for specific people or titles:

Author (Last Name, First Name)
   Example: Yost, Jeffrey
Title
   Example: Dance in another dimension

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Theses and dissertations not found in the OhioLINK ETD Center can be scanned and delivered as a free PDF. Any individual may email  libill@osu.edu  directly to make a digitization request. Please include the following information:   Author, Title, & Call Number (see our catalog).   After scanning the material, we will email you a link to the PDF on our local server. PDFs will be stored on the server for 15 days.

Ohio Theses & Dissertations

Many colleges and universities in Ohio are placing recent dissertations and some theses in the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Center, which contains PDFs.  Most items are post-2002 items, but there is a selection of pre-2002 items. At the ETD Center, you can

  • Search the full text of dissertation and theses,
  • Browse by school and department, or
  • Browse by author.

If you do not find what you are looking for, you can search the OhioLINK catalog Advanced Search for print and select electronic dissertations and theses at Ohio colleges and universities. - use the Other Material Types limit of THESIS/DISS.

Worldwide Theses & Dissertations

Search Proquest Dissertations & Theses for dissertations from colleges and schools in the U.S. and Canada and select schools in other countries. Full-text is available for dissertaions after 1997 (and some even earlier). If you are looking for items from a specific institution, choose School name/code from the drop down menu next to a search box. A "Browse schools" link will appear next to the search box to assist you with school names. You may also search departments, subjects, author, abstract, title, and more.  Most dissertations after 1954 for OSU students are now available full text.

Other Websites with Dissertations & Theses include:

See our Research Databases: Dissertation and Theses page for more search tools.

Get a thesis/dissertation from another library

OSU students, faculty and staff may request copies of dissertations & theses which are not available either electronically or in print from the OSU Libraries, OhioLINK, or the any of the sites listed on the OSU Libraries Research Databases: Dissertations and Theses page from Interlibrary Services. Please provide as much information as you can about the dissertation or thesis you desire when making your request.

Non-English Dissertations are often difficult for the OSU Libraries to obtain. Additional options for obtaining a copy of particular Dissertation or Thesis include purchasing a copy directly from: