The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is the University's digital repository of research outputs and scholarly content produced by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community. Since Fall 2010, all graduate students depositing a dissertation or thesis to the Graduate College are required to do so electronically. After approval and degrees are conferred, the dissertations and theses are made available in IDEALS. Scholarly Communication & Publishing, the U of I Library unit which administers IDEALS, has an excellent online guide to searching or browsing for materials there.
Because these are official student records, some of the IDEALS policies and procedures do not apply to these documents. These are:
To contact the Graduate College regarding any of these policies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDEALS and the University Library are actively digitizing dissertations and theses that were originally deposited in paper. Unless we have the agreement of the author or the thesis or dissertation was published as a technical report or working paper series by a university department, these dissertations and theses are restricted to those with an active NetID and password issued by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dissertations and theses themselves may not be updated or changed.
If you have authored a dissertation or thesis in the past at the University of Illinois and would like to see it appear here or would like to open access to a dissertation or thesis already made available here, please fill out the Request to Make Dissertation or Thesis Available in IDEALS form or contact email@example.com for more information.
In theory, the Library should have at least one copy of all deposited Illinois dissertations prior to 2010. Most non-circulating archival copies (prior to 2010) are kept in the University Archives, with a circulating copy located in other libraries across campus.
To search for specific dissertations, use the Advanced Search in our online catalog.
You can look for electronic and print copies of dissertations concurrently through the library catalog.
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.