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British Library Electronic Theses Online Service ETHOS Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Free searching across 250,000+ theses. Many titles are available in full text immediately, free in full-text when ordered using a free online account. Theses not available for immediate download are currently taking the British Library 30 working days to digitized, once they have been received from the relevant institution. Fees may be charged for newly digitized theses.

Note: British dissertations in full text

Digital Dissertations/Abstracts and Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Indexes two-million dissertations from over one-thousand institutions, with citations from 1861-1980 and abstracts from 1980+. Includes the full text of most CUNY dissertations and post-1997 dissertations from other institutions. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: citations, abstracts, recent text

Dissertations @ The Center for Research Libraries Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Holds doctoral dissertations and Habilitationsschriften from almost 100 universities outside the U.S. and Canada. Most from the late 19th century and the early 20th century, but some from1800. Most from Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the UK; also from Latin America, South America, and Africa. Languages: 66% German; 16% French; 6% English; 2% Dutch; 1% Latin and Swedish.

Subject Specific Resources

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online Unrestricted Resource
An international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethno-musicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines.
Note: in music and related disciplines


WorldCat (FirstSearch) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Holdings of thousands of American and international libraries. Make ILL requests with the Find it! button. Searchable in English, French, and Spanish. See an online tutorial to the database. See also the freely accessible version of WorldCat. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: holdings of thousands of libraries; make ILL requests through Find it! Unrestricted Resource ArticleLinker enabled
Free union catalog containing the holdings of thousands of libraries. Use the Find-it at CUNY feature to look up titles in the CUNY library system and to make ILL requests. Mobile WorldCat:
Note: free catalog of the holdings of thousands of libraries; request ILL items with find-it


Libweb Unrestricted Resource
8000+ libraries in 146 countries

Finding Dissertations
The databases here cite most known dissertations world-wide, but there is no single source for a comprehensive dissertation search. WorldCat and Digital Dissertations cover most American dissertations; Dissertations @ The Center for Research Libraries covers much of Latin America and Europe. University catalogs and depositories supplement these resources, containing records otherwise unrepresented.

When digital full text is not available, Interlibrary Loan can often deliver a dissertation in microformat which may be scanned to PDF. 
CUNY Master's Theses
  • CUNY Graduate Center Master's theses are shelved on the library's 2nd floor near reference, in blue hardcover
  • CUNY Master's theses are not included in Dissertation Abstracts or WorldCat
  • Theses in classics, comparative literature, German, liberal studies, linguistics, philosophy, and political science are listed in CUNY+ catalog
  • Search CUNY+ by author: city university of new york masters program in [program name]