Dissertations Held At UCLA Library

For dissertations and theses, primarily UCLA's, search the UCLA Library Catalog. Full-text UC dissertations since 1996 are available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

As of March 13, 2012, UCLA's Graduate Division only accepts electronic filing of theses and disserations. Theses and disserations filed after this date will only be accessible electronically. They can be found by searching the UCLA Library Catalog, ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses, or eScholarship. Authors may embargo theses or dissertations for up to two years, so the full text of recent theses and dissertations may not be available.

Dissertation Databases

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Formerly ProQuest Digital Dissertations, this database indexes doctoral dissertations from 1861 to the present, with abstracts since 1980. A number of master's theses are also indexed, with abstracts since 1988. In addition to the full text of dissertations and theses from UC campuses since 1997, UCLA has access to all full-text dissertations in the database. If the full text is not available, UCLA students, faculty, and staff can request non-UCLA dissertations via interlibrary loan.

Several UC campuses are depositing the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) of their graduate students into eScholarship, which is UC's open access institutional repository.

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
This database provides access to more than five million dissertations and theses in OCLC member libraries. Many are available electronically at no charge from the publishing institution. UCLA students, faculty, and staff can request non-UCLA dissertations via interlibrary loan.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Foreign Dissertations
Search the CRL catalog for foreign dissertations already held at the center. If a foreign dissertation is not at CRL, the UCLA Library's interibrary loan service can request that CRL acquire it for your use. A special issue of Focus on Global Resources describes CRL's extensive collection of foreign dissertations.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
This international organization promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic analogues to traditional paper-based theses and dissertations in order to more effectively share knowledge.

British Library EThOS
The British Library's electronic theses online service aims to provide a single point of access to all theses produced by UK higher education. It currently contains more than 250,000 records, with 25,000 open-access theses available for immediate download. Researchers can request theses not yet available electronically, which will be scanned and made freely available.

DATAD: Database of African Theses and Dissertations
Abstracts and bibliographic information on theses and dissertations held at participating African institutions

Dissertations of China
A comprehensive database of masters', doctoral, and post-doctoral dissertations from China, this resource contains full-text, abstracts, or other descriptive information on dissertations from key Chinese research institutions from 1986 onward.

Obtaining Copies of UCLA Dissertations for Non-UC Users

Most UCLA dissertations are available for purchase through ProQuest UMI. The UCLA Library does not provide interlibrary loan service to individuals unaffiliated with UCLA. However, dissertations can be lent to institutions; see information for borrowing institutions.

Finding UCLA Dissertations for Graduates of Specific Departments by Year

For UCLA dissertations, search the UCLA Library Catalog:

  • Click on the Advanced Search tab.
  • Enter dissertations "department name" UCLA in the search box; for example, dissertations physics UCLA.
  • Keep the middle drop-down menu set at "all of these words".
  • Change the right-hand drop-down menu to "subject".
  • Sort the results by date.