The Library should have at least one copy of all deposited Illinois dissertations prior to 2010. More recent dissertations are deposited in IDEALS, University of Illinois' institutional repository. Non-circulating archival copies (prior to 2010) are kept in the Rare Book and Manuscript library, with a circulating copy located in other libraries.
To begin searching for dissertations, use the Advanced Search in our online catalog and search by author, title, subject, and department.
IDEALS is the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship and is the University's open repository of scholarly content. As of 2009, graduate students have the option of depositing their dissertations and theses to IDEALS to make them freely available online. Dissertations from 1949-present available, but not all are open access.
Here is an example of a subject search for education dissertations written at Illinois between 2000 and 2004:
If you're unable to locate a pre-1985 U of I dissertation in the online catalog or in a database, search the physical thesis file that is in the card catalog on the second floor of the Main Library.
The card catalog holds records for the archival copies of all theses and dissertations on deposit in the library from 1873 until the beginning of 1984. It is also useful when searching without a complete citation.
Visit the Information Desk for assistance using the card catalog or for help finding dissertations in general. For more information, see this guide on how to use the card catalog.