Dissertation Databse

Your library may be able to provide access to the dissertation you're looking for. Whether you are looking for a specific graduate work, or want to find out what dissertations or theses have been written on a particular subject, ProQuest provides a variety of tools to help.

Virtually every major research library in the world provides access to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database through one of several formats:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database (PQDT) - With more than 2.3 million entries, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. Students, faculty, and other researchers search the database for titles related to their scholarly interests. Of the millions of graduate works listed, we offer over 1.9 million in full text format. PQDT is a subscription database, so consult your library for availability.
  • Dissertations & Theses @ - Dissertations & Theses @ is a service for ProQuest’s active university publishing partners. The service provides a university's academic community with free access to citations and abstracts for graduate works from that university. For graduate works published from 1997 forward, a full text PDF will usually be available for free download as well.
  • Dissertation Alerts - Dissertation Alerts is an individualized search service for those who lack library access to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. Using the keywords you specify, we review the entire database and retrieve up to 500 titles per search. To request a Dissertation Alerts search, contact us at disspubsearch@proquest.com.

If your library does not offer access to the dissertation you're looking for, learn more about dissertation ordering options.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
Coverage: 1861 -
Description: Indexes 90% of doctoral dissertations and some master's theses accepted each year in North America, plus thousands more from around the world. Includes free full-text (in PDF) for all U-M and Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions dissertations since 1997, as well as for selected other institutions and years.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online
Description: A database currently containing over 14,000 bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines.
Access: Open to all internet users.

WorldCat [FirstSearch]
Coverage: Current cumulative file. (Describes library-held materials dated from prehistory to the present.)
Description: Provides bibliographic and citation information for over 179 million books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, musical scores, dissertations, archival materials and much more, representing the holdings of most libraries in North America, some libraries in Europe, and the national library of Australia.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [EBSCO]
Coverage: 1967 -
Description: Indexes international scholarly literature in all genres of music, as well as music education, theory, therapy, and ethnomusicology. Currently provides verified bibliographic information with full citations and abstracts for over 600,000 records covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more. Full text is available for select items.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

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