Dissertations & 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.

In the Library Catalog

  1. In the Library Catalog advanced search, click Manuscripts, Theses from the list of facets on the right.
  2. Enter an author, title, and/or year search terms.
  3. Click Search.

In Library Databases

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. 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.

Borrow 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.

Purchasing Personal Copies of Dissertations

There are two options for you to obtain a personal copy of any dissertation:

  1. Anyone, including non-affiliated patrons, can purchase a dissertation directly from Dissertation Express or email disspub@proquest.com.
    • UW-Madison Masters’ theses are not available for purchase.
    • You may choose to purchase either unbound, shrink-wrapped print copies or PDF files.
  2. UW-Madison affiliated users can order through the 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.