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How can I find the full text of a dissertation?

JMU Libraries offers more than one option for obtaining dissertations:

  1. Check JMU Library Catalog with both a title and an author search.  The library owns JMU dissertations and masters theses.  The library does not actively purchase dissertations from other institutions, but some are republished later as books or may otherwise be in the collection.
  2. Search Dissertation Abstracts Online with Digital DissertationsGenerally, full text can be found for dissertations and masters theses published from 1996 to the present.  This research database will help you identify dissertations and masters theses as well as read the full text of some of them. 
  3. Request the dissertation through Interlibrary Loan.  Interlibrary Loan is a service that will borrow materials from other libraries for you. 
  4. Request the dissertation through Dissertation Express (through Interlibrary Loan).  The cost is $29.00 per dissertation.  Visit the Interlibrary Loan office on the second floor of Carrier Library for this service.

This page last reviewed by Jody Fagan on 07/19/2011.

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