Theses & Dissertations - Document Delivery (To Order a Full Text Copy)
If the title you need
is not available in the library or free online, to get the full text once you have identified a title you will need to take steps which may be ordering through interlibrary loan or purchasing the work.
If you are unable to get a dissertation through interlibrary loan, you may need to purchase it. The commercial document delivery sites listed below allow you to search for and purchase documents. In addition,
some sites include abstracts and/or allow you to preview dissertations.
Purchase unbound print copies or PDFs of graduate works published by ProQuest.
Order options: $44.00 - Unbound Paper Copy (courier mail); $37.00 - PDF (web download)
Covers 2.1+ million titles. Basic bibliographic information; no abstracts available.
SEARCH: Allows a title, author or UMI order number search.
Order options: Paperback and entire ebook (buy a password then download) or PDF download. Prices vary. Abstracts available.
SEARCH: Use keyword or browse available theses or dissertations
Special Feature: Free download of the first 25 pages (pdf).
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
A global digital library of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Title links go to TREN, where they can be purchased.
SEARCH: Select "For researchers: Find ETD's," "NDLTD sites," or use the "Federated Searcher" feature to perform parallel queries across several dozen NDLTD search sites. Offers simple keyword search fields such as author, title and subject in addition to Expert Search functionality.
Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN)
Over 19.500 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 131 different institutions. No abstracts available. See NEW
search functionality. (pdf)
Order options: Digital downloadable e-docs, prices vary; Paper copies, 15 cents per page; Microfiche, $3.00-$5.00 per title.
SEARCH: Choose "Search & Order." Searches title, author, school, subject and degree.
Theses & Dissertations - Print and Microform Indexes
Older print and microform indexes may
be appropriate for some topics.
Comprehensive Dissertation Index
Print index to every North American doctoral dissertations. 1861 - 1990
the index that covers your subject. For example, if you are looking for education dissertations, see the "Education" section.
View library catalog record.
Theses & Dissertations - Distance Learners
If you need a pre-1997 dissertation or you are
unable to find the full text online in one of ORU's databases consider the following options:
If you have a local public
Can they do Interlibrary Loan requests for you? If so, they may be able to borrow the dissertations you need from the library that owns them. Some public libraries do not provide this service, or they only do it for regular books, not dissertations (since many academic libraries will not loan dissertations to public libraries).
If your local library cannot do an ILL for you—
The ORU library can try to borrow the dissertation for you. Make a request by finding the dissertation in the WorldCat Dissertations database and using the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link, shown right, to submit a request.
It is not always possible to borrow dissertations through ILL because they are usually only owned by one library, which may or may not participate in our ILL lending network. If the library is not one of our free lenders, they may agree to loan it for a fee (usually $10.00—$20.00).
If you are unable to borrow the item—
Many dissertations are available for purchase through, for example, Dissertation Express. (use
the "Get" tab to see more ordering options)
If you need assistance—
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 918-495-7495.