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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dance Resources: Dissertations & Theses

A guide to aid students in conducting library research on dance-related topics.

Searching for Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations and Theses can be found in many places on the web. A thorough search sometimes requires using several of them, especially if you are looking for dissertations or theses from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

I found the Dissertation or Thesis, now how do I get it?

UIUC Online Catalog

The UIUC Library should have at least one copy of all theses and dissertations granted at UIUC. The UIUC Library may also have selected theses and dissertations from other institutions, so the online catalog is a good place to look first. Copies of dissertations deposited at UIUC from 1978 to the present are accessible by author and title through the Catalog Beginning with 1983, archival copies can also be searched by department and year. 

Interlibrary Loan

UIUC's Interlibrary Loan Office can help you obtain theses and dissertations not owned by the UIUC and not available in pdf format through Dissertation Abstracts. They provide 2 options:

  1. Place a standard online ILL request using the "Request a Book" form. If they can't find a free copy, they will email you and give you the option of placing an order through the Dissertation Express service (via the Interlibrary Loan Office), described immediately below.
  2. Dissertation Express (via the Interlibrary Loan Office) is a fee-based service that obtains dissertations in 4-5 business days. The Library will pay for the item, but you are responsible for a $15 shipping charge. For more information on this service, see the Interlibrary Loan Office's Dissertation Express FAQ entry.

Dissertation Express (direct via ProQuest)

If you quickly need a print copy of a dissertation that is not available for download and don't mind paying the full cost yourself, you can order it directly from Proquest's Dissertation Express as an individual. Otherwise, use one of the Interlibrary loan options described above.