Dissertations from most universities are indexed in Dissertations and Theses from ProQuest. See our guide to finding theses and dissertations for more details on locating items in our collection.
- 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 theses that were submitted in paper copy have been scanned and added to this database.
For non-VT items, many universities will lend a paper copy of a masters thesis or Ph.D. dissertation if a paper copy is available. However, some universities will not lend paper copies at all, and access to an electronic copy varies according to the policies of the individual university.
When a library is unwilling or unable to lend a dissertation or thesis through interlibrary loan, you can try to obtain a copy through other sources.
- You may be able to purchase a copy from UMI Dissertation Publishing.
- If the dissertation was published at a university outside of the U.S. or Canada, the Center for Research Libraries will attempt to purchase a copy.
- Submit the request through ILLiad with a note that you would like CRL to purchase the dissertation.
- ILL staff will monitor your request and let you know if CRL is able to obtain a copy.
- Some universities do not make their dissertations available through ProQuest. In these cases, you may be able to purchase a photocopy directly through the photocopy office at that particular university.
- Many universities are posting recent dissertations and theses on the web.
- Most can be previewed online without charge in a non-printable PDF format.
- Virginia Tech's ETD collection provides fully downloadable copies without charge for the majority of Virginia Tech dissertations and theses completed from 1997 to the present.
- However, 35% of the Virginia Tech theses and dissertations are restricted to use only on the Virginia Tech network.
- In Canada, access to dissertations and theses is centralized through the Theses Canada Portal.
- Full text electronic versions of more than 220,000 Canadian theses and dissertations submitted to the program from 1998 through 2002 are available in PDF format.