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A dissertation (also called thesis or disquisition) is a document that presents the author's research and findings and is submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification. Theses have been published at Virginia Tech since 1903. Theses and dissertations have been submitted electronically since 1996, with most of these freely available online. The Virginia Tech Libraries owns few theses or dissertations published at other colleges and universities; expect to obtain most of these documents via interlibrary loan. In addition to the search tools referenced below, most subject specific databases (like PsycInfo, Sociological Abstracts, and Engineering VIllage) will provide citations for theses and dissertations in their covered fields.
This site houses Virginia Tech's online theses and dissertations. Most ETDs are available as PDF and require Adobe Reader for viewing.
You can search the full text of all Virginia Tech theses and dissertations submitted online since 1997 or browse by author or department. Note: Many ETDs are restricted to VT-only access. Some older dissertations and thesis that were physically submitted have been scanned and added to this database. Most of these scanned documents are restricted to VT-only access.
You can also search for any Virginia Tech theses or dissertation by using the library catalog, Addison. This is particularly helpful in locating the library's bound theses and dissertations (i.e., pre-1997) that have not yet been transferred to electronic format. All pre-1997 theses and dissertations are being scanned for online access as they circulate.
This customized Addison search screen will find theses or dissertations published by Virginia Tech students (to find theses or dissertations published at other schools, use the databases listed below). You can search by author name, title, or degree-granting department.
Includes more than 2.7 million citations to dissertation and theses from around the world along with more than 1.2 million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. More than 70,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added yearly. Use ILLiad to request non-full-text theses or dissertations. 1861-present.
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations indexes citations, abstracts, and full-text theses and dissertations from around the world. Many are available in full text through this database (otherwise you may be able to request a copy through interlibrary loan). Early 1900s-present.
WorldCat Dissertations and Theses is a subset of the WorldCat catalog listing dissertation, theses, and some published materials from member libraries, including Virginia Tech. `
Theses and dissertations published outside the United States will be more difficult to obtain. Interlibrary Loan will not borrow from libraries outside North America. Recently published documents may be available online. Use these tools to search for international theses and dissertations:
If you need to obtain a thesis or dissertation from an institution that will not lend through interlibrary loan, you can purchase an unbound copy from ProQuest's Dissertation Express using a credit card or by faxing payment information. Look up theses or dissertations by title, author, or UMI publication number. Orders are shipped directly to you. Since you will bear the cost of this order, verify using the tools listed above that the document is not otherwise available to you free before ordering.