This guide will help you find dissertations both from the University of Illinois and beyond. Dissertations can be hard to find, because they are not published like books. This guide will explore the resources that can help you find and request dissertations.
In this guide you will find:
Obtaining Dissertations-how to request dissertations and theses (in the box below)
Dissertation Tracking-how to keep track of the dissertations and theses that are being completed in your field
If a dissertation or theses is not available through our Library or available online, you can file a request with our Interlibrary loan department. If they are unable to find a circulating copy, they will provide the option of using Dissertation Express, a fee-based service that obtains dissertations in 4-5 business days. The library pays for the dissertation, and retains it after you are finished with it. You, in turn, pay the $25 Dissertation Express shipping fee. For more information about this service, see the Interlibrary Loan Office's Dissertation Express FAQ entry.
Works in IDEALS
For U of I authors whose dissertations or theses are in IDEALS, the Library can provide you with a PDF file of your work. Contact us at the email address listed on this page.