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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ESL Graduate Student Guide

A guide to the University Library for English as a Second Language graduate students.

Finding Online Dissertations

Most American and Canadian universities are represented in Digital Dissertations, as well as selected British and European universities. Most will have full-text online access.

If you cannot access the full-text, you can submit an Interlibrary loan request. You also may want to look at the additional dissertation resources listed at the bottom of this page.

Finding Illinois Dissertations and Theses

  • Illinois / I-Share catalogs: While the majority of dissertations available at the University Library are those completed here at Illinois, the library does acquire some dissertations completed at other institutions. Search the online library catalog by author or title to see if we have a copy. If we do not, you can check I-Share, a catalog comprising 80 academic libraries in Illinois, to see if there is a circulating copy.
  • IDEALS: IDEALS is our institutional repository, which collects and makes available a wide variety of research completed at the University of Illinois. You can find dissertations, usually in full-text digital form, but also master's theses, working papers, datasets, technical reports, and other research material. All faculty, staff and graduate students can deposit into IDEALS.

Additional Dissertation Resources

  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations -- a collection of over 200,000 theses and dissertations from around the world. Many items, including those dating back to the early 1900s, are available in full text for free.
  • Center for Research Libraries' Foreign Doctoral Dissertation Database: Try here when looking for a dissertation outside of the United States and Canada. This database includes 800,000 cataloged foreign doctoral dissertations. For more information, see the CRL site.
  • Index to Theses -- a comprehensive list of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Index to Theses includes records for over 490,000 theses, with 44,000 abstracts added in PDF format for the period 1970 to 1986. From 1986 onwards, almost all entries include abstracts.