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Find Dissertations and Theses

The sources listed below help you identify master's theses and doctoral dissertations. The UC Berkeley Library does not systematically collect dissertations from other institutions, though it has a nearly complete collection of Berkeley doctoral dissertations, and large numbers of Berkeley masters' theses. Occasionally dissertations are printed later by a commercial publisher as a book.

To determine if we own a printed copy of a specific dissertation or thesis, search the library catalogs OskiCat and Melvyl.

OskiCat (UC Berkeley)
OskiCat is the catalog of materials in UC Berkeley library collections, which are spread throughout the 20 campus libraries. A few of the UC Berkeley affiliated libraries' collections are also included in this catalog.

  • Use "Quick Search" to search basic fields, like title and author.
  • Use "Advanced Keyword Search" for more complex searches combining keywords from two or more fields.
  • Some materials are shelved at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF). Use the REQUEST button to order an item from NRLF.
  • Recent UC Berkeley dissertations are available online as PDFs. In the OskiCat record look for "Link to online version(s)".

Melvyl (all UC campuses)
Melvyl is the catalog of materials available from the libraries of the ten UC campuses, and other research collections in the state. Most of the UC Berkeley affiliated libraries' collections are included in this catalog. Current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff may request materials not owned by UC Berkeley through the online Request feature in Melvyl.

Dissertations & Theses @ University of California  (UCB access only)
Dissertations & Theses @, a subset of the Digital Dissertations database, indexes dissertations and theses from the University of California. The full text of items published after 1996 may be downloaded for free from campus computers and via the proxy server.

  • Search "keywords" to find theses and dissertations on a theme or topic.
  • Choose "24 page Preview" to see an excerpt of the PDF file.
  • The complete PDF is available for free when [free download] appears.
  • To purchase a personal copy of the item, choose [order now].

Dissertations and Theses (Digital Dissertations)  (UCB access only)
Digital Dissertations indexes over 1.5 million dissertations completed in North American and European universities, from 1861 to the present. Listings after 1980 also include abstracts.

  • Search "keywords" to find theses and dissertations on a theme or topic.
  • Choose "24 page Preview" to see an excerpt of the PDF file.
  • The complete PDF is available for free only if you see [free download]
  • To purchase a personal copy of the item, choose [order now].
  • Or you could search a library catalog and borrow a copy from the library.

Index to Theses
This database indexes all master's theses completed at universities in Great Britain and Ireland from 1970 to the present. All listings include abstracts, but no full text.

Dissertation and Thesis Databases
Find dissertations and theses via a librarian-selected list of databases.

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