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Doctoral Dissertations

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 present.
  • Hinds, Harold E., Jr. "Doctoral Dissertations: A Neglected Source." NGS NewsMagazine 34, 1 (January-March 2008): 62-63.
  • OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses (WorldCatDissertations). OCLC catalog of dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. This database is available in many libraries.
  • ProQuest 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.