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In addition to the ETD movement, many scholars are opting to participate in ProQuest's Open Access Publishing model and have paid ProQuest a little more money in order to make their dissertations and theses available in their entirety to the general public with no subscription needed.


Additionally, the Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) provides an index to over three million electronic theses and dissertations. These come from a variety of sources. 

" aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions."

American Doctoral Dissertations

American Doctoral Dissertations containing more than 1.4 million theses and dissertations in total from 1902 to the present, it was created with the generous support of the H. W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston.

Citations include a link to access the full text, when available, via the Institutional Repository where the thesis or dissertation is housed such as OhioLINK, Rochester Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University.

Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD)

In the past few years, many universities have decided to support Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) projects and now make their most recent dissertations and theses available electronically via their own web sites.

  • Search Google for ETD and [name of university]

Also, increasingly, more and more universities are requiring students to publish their dissertations and these in the degree-granting university's online institutional repository, and only recommend submission to Proquest Dissertations and Theses. Ferris librarians can help you locate the university's online repository.

  • Enter Thesis/Dissertation ETD and [subject]


  • Thesis/Dissertation ETD and [author]