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Dissertations and Theses: UD Theses and Borrowing or Purchasing

Information for Other Libraries

Contact University of Delaware Interlibrary Loan for more information.

The University of Delaware Library Interlibrary Loan will loan UD dissertations which the Library has in print or microfilm.

Beginning July 2005 all University of Delaware dissertations and theses are submitted digitally. The Library does not have print or microfilm copies.

Borrowing / Purchasing University of Delaware Theses

Dissertations
  • Available for loan, 1948 – July 2005 (hardbound or microfilm)
  • Not available for loan, July 2005 – present (no hardbound or microfilm)
  • Available online, freely accessible winter 2014 – present (UDSpace)
  • Purchase from the ProQuest company using the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database
  • Purchase from the ProQuest company using Dissertation Express, the free order interface from ProQuest
  • Available online, freely accessible, in database by choice of the author. Use PQDT Open
Master’s Theses
  • Available for loan 1954 – July 2005 (hardbound or microfilm)
  • Not available for loan July 2005 – present (no hardbound or microfilm)
  • Available online, freely accessible, Fall 2009 to present (UDSpace)
  • Purchase from the ProQuest company using the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database
  • Purchase from the ProQuest company using Dissertation Express, the free order interface from ProQuest
  • Available online, freely accessible, in database by choice of the author. Use PQDT Open

Quick Guide to Options for Obtaining UD Theses

In Library resources, the words "theses" or "thesis" used alone includes both doctoral dissertations and master's theses.
Search:
At the University of Delaware Library (Morris Library)

If you live nearby, you are welcome to come to the library and read or check out the print copy, read the microform copy, or use the “Dissertations & Theses @ University of Delaware” database (which contains full text).

The library is open to the public.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Use the Interlibrary Loan service. Note: no theses available for loan after July 2005.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library to library resource sharing network. Libraries borrow and lend materials for their library users.

Because this is a library to library service, you should start with your library, which for many people is their public library. Fill out a request form, giving all the information you know. Search DELCAT Discovery, the library catalog. Your library will contact the UD library which will loan the hard bound copy (or the microfilm copy), if available.

Purchase

You can buy theses from the ProQuest company:

  • Use the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database if your library has access to it.
  • Or use Dissertation Express, the free order interface from ProQuest. Dissertation Express can be searched by author, title, and keyword.

University of Delaware Dissertations: Details of Availability

In Library resources, the words "theses" or "thesis" used alone includes both doctoral dissertations and master's theses.

The University of Delaware began granting doctoral degrees in 1948. The Library has copies of or online access to all dissertations.

Beginning July 2005, all University of Delaware theses are submitted digitally. Neither the Library nor the University Archives have print or microfilm copies. Copies are not available for loan.

University of Delaware Master's Theses: Details of Availability

In Library resources, the words "theses" or "thesis" used alone includes both doctoral dissertations and master's theses.

Beginning July 2005, all University of Delaware theses are submitted digitally. Neither the Library nor the University Archives have print or microfilm copies. Copies are not available for loan.

Ask the Library

 

Searching Tips

Thesis authors can choose to not have their work included in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. In some cases, the only way to obtain the thesis is to contact the author.

 

Searching tips for DELCAT Discovery: searching for UD theses by department:

  • Do not use the word "department"
  • Put quotes around keywords from department name if the words are adjacent
  • Still no luck? University departments and programs have changed through the years. Ask at the Reference Desk for ideas

 

If you know the exact title put quotes around it.

Undergraduate Senior Theses

The UD Library does not collect undergraduate theses and they are not listed in DELCAT Discovery.

Finding Theses by Source