Dissertations & Theses

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Dissertations & Theses

Locate UW-Madison Dissertations and Masters Theses

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.

Library Catalog

  1. In the Library Catalog advanced search,
  2. Click Manuscripts, Theses in the facets on the right. Subsequent searches will be limited to items in Theses Collections.
  3. Enter author, title, and/or year search terms.
  4. Click Search.


Proquest Dissertations & Theses indexes UW-Madison doctoral dissertations from 1892, contains abstracts from 1980, and provides full text (PDF files) from 1997.

Dissertations & Theses @ University of Wisconsin at Madison searches just UW-Madison dissertations and theses.

Most pre-1997 UW-Madison dissertations and theses have been scanned as part of the Google Digitization Project. Digitalized 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.

Borrow UW-Madison Dissertations and 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.

Prepare and Deposit UW-Madison Dissertations and Theses

The following guides are available from the Graduate School:

The Graduate School sends Ph.D. dissertations for microfilming and binding. You or your designate must bring your unbound Master's thesis to Memorial Library, Room B137.

Click HERE for a Library Catalog search of handbooks for planning and writing dissertations in campus libraries' collections.

Locate non-UW-Madison Dissertations and Theses

There are several databases for identifying dissertations and theses from other universities.

Database Years of Coverage Formats
Australasian Digital Theses Program 1981+ abstracts; some full text
Center for Research Libraries Doctoral Dissertations 1890+ no abstracts; no full text; does not include U.S. or Canada
DART (Digital Archive of Research Theses)-Europe 1597+ over 380,000 dissertations from over 500 European universities
Directory of History Dissertations (American Historical Society) 1882+ no abstracts; no full text; dissertations completed or in progress in Canada or the United States
Dissertations of China 1986+ abstracts; some full text
Index to Theses in Great Britain and Ireland 1716+ abstracts; some full text
OATD (Open Access Theses and Dissertations) Over 1.6 million theses and dissertations from over 800 colleges, universities and research institutions
Proquest Dissertations & Theses (formerly Proquest Digital Dissertations) 1637+ abstracts 1980+; full text pdfs 1997+ for participating institutions; 24-page preview 1997+ for most dissertations
Proquest Dissertations and Theses - UK & Ireland 1716+ abstracts1986+ for most; no full text
Theses Canada Portal 1965+ no abstracts; some full text

Borrow non-UW-Madison Dissertations and Theses

UW-Madison affiliated users: Submit a request in WorldCat or Interlibrary Loan.

Purchase Dissertations and Theses

  • Purchase the dissertation directly from Dissertation Express or email disspub@proquest.com. UW-Madison masters' theses are not available for purchase.
  • UW-Madison affiliated users: Order through Memorial Library ILL Office at a discounted price (approximately $33).
    • Dissertations ordered are available in unbound format only and delivery is usually within 7 days of placing your order (titles prior to 1997 may take a few extra days).
    • Payment is due at the time of pickup in the Memorial Library Circulation Office, Room 170, Memorial Library
    • To order a dissertation, please fill out the Dissertation Purchase Form.

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