All UW-Madison dissertations and theses required by the department for submission to the library are cataloged in the Library Catalog. If you do not find a dissertation or thesis in the Library Catalog, contact the department. Full-text PDF files of UW-Madison doctoral dissertations completed 1997 or later are available through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.
Locating UW-Madison Dissertations & Theses
- In the Library Catalog
- In the Library Catalog advanced search, click Manuscripts, Theses from the list of facets on the right.
- Enter an author, title, and/or year search terms.
- Click Search.
- In Library Databases
- Proquest Dissertations & Theses index and full text to dissertations and theses from over 700 academic institutions around the world
- Most pre-1997 UW-Madison dissertations and theses have been scanned as part of the Google Digitization Project. Digitized copies have been deposited in Hathi Trust, a repository for the digitized collections of major research institutions and libraries. When available, Library Catalog records contain links to Hathi Trust and Google Books. Content in the public domain is available full text.
Borrowing UW-Madison Dissertations & Masters Theses
UW-Madison dissertations and theses from 1965-present are stored in the Theses collection in the basement of Memorial Library. UW-Madison dissertations and theses from 1892-1964 are located in the UW-Madison Shelving Facility. UW-Madison master’s theses are not available for check out; they may be viewed in a library.
Search for dissertations & theses online
UA Theses & Dissertations (UA Campus Repository)
Access full text of all UA dissertations and masters theses submitted to the library from 1895-present. This open access repository also includes Honors College theses from 2008-present.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global Guide
Find dissertations and masters theses from North American and European colleges and universities. You can limit your search to University of Arizona as the institution. Full text is available for most American and select UK dissertations from 1997 forward and abstracts are listed for many more works dating back as far as 1637.
Search for doctoral dissertations from the United Kingdom. Includes access to full text for many dissertations, while others can be digitized by request.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Find graduate-level theses from around the world that are freely available online.
Find UA theses and dissertations
Search our catalog for UA dissertations and theses submitted to the library (includes all paper and microform copies and some digitized material).
Several UA departments maintain their own archives of dissertations, masters theses, and other reports (including materials not submitted to the library). Check with individual departments or browse these online archives:
Not finding what you are looking for?
UA faculty, staff, and students can request dissertations and theses from other institutions through interlibrary loan. Non-UA affiliates may be able to borrow UA theses and dissertations through your local library's interlibrary loan system.
Dissertations from the UA and many other U.S. and Canadian universities can be purchased online through ProQuest UMI Dissertation Express.
You can find instructions on preparing and submitting your thesis or dissertation from the UA Graduate College.