Doctoral dissertations may contain important information and may cite key, little-known sources for putting your family into its context, or for better understanding the sources genealogists frequently use.
Dissertations Abstract International. Virtually all
accredited institutions in North America
that award doctoral degrees submit their dissertations to
ProQuest for publication or listing in DAI.
Dissertation Abstracts Online.
Dissertation Abstracts Online is a definitive subject,
title, and author guide to virtually every American dissertation
accepted at an accredited institution since 1861. Selected
Masters theses have been included since 1962. In addition, since
1988, the database includes citations for dissertations from 50
British universities that have been collected by and filmed at
The British Document Supply Centre. Beginning with DAIC
Volume 49, Number 2 (Spring 1988), citations and abstracts from
Section C, Worldwide Dissertations (formerly European
Dissertations), have been included in the file.Abstracts are
included for doctoral records from July 1980 (Dissertation
Abstracts International, Volume 41, Number 1) to the
present. Abstracts are included for masters theses from Spring
1988 (Masters Abstracts, Volume 26, Number 1) to the
- Hinds, Harold E., Jr. "Doctoral Dissertations: A Neglected
Source." NGS NewsMagazine 34, 1 (January-March 2008):
OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses (WorldCatDissertations).
OCLC catalog of dissertations and theses available in OCLC
member libraries. This database is available in many libraries.
Digital Dissertations. As a visitor,
you will be able to freely access the most current two years of
citations and abstracts in the Dissertation Abstracts database.
To search the entire database of more than 1.6 million titles,
you will need to connect from a subscription institution.
- UMI Dissertation Publishing. Dissertations may be ordered from UMI in a variety of formats.