Finding Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations & Theses

For UCSD faculty, students and staff, Dissertations & Theses (1861 to date) is the best starting place to look for North American dissertations (+ selected master's theses). You can search the database by author, subject and title/abstract keywords. Most dissertations published in the last 10 years also have a free 24-page preview, and all University of California dissertations published since 1997 can be downloaded as PDFs. For dissertations from other universities, these can be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Other discipline-specific indexes may also have citations to dissertations, including the MIT Theses and Dissertations and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. Some institutions like MIT, Caltech, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech have made many of their dissertations and theses freely available online. Questions?  Ask a Librarian.

UCSD Dissertations & Theses

All UCSD dissertations and theses are cataloged with location information in ROGER. If the dissertation is available online via Dissertations & Theses, you'll get a link to the PDF as well as a call number for the print copy in the collection. NOTE: Dissertations from 2006 and later may only be available online, so there is no print copy (hence no call numbers).

If you know the author or title of the specific dissertation you want, use the the Author or Title search in Roger. Use the Keyword search if you do not know the exact title, as this will search the entire record--including abstracts if cataloged.

Browse the dissertations by discipline by clicking on the links below. Please note that dissertations are listed by their department or former department name, rather than precise subject area.


Math & Science Dissertations & Theses


Engineering Dissertations & Theses