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Finding Dissertations & Theses: Getting Started

This guide will help you obtain the full text of a doctoral dissertation or master's thesis.

About this Guide

Welcome! This guide is intended to help you locate the full-text of dissertations and theses whether written at the University of Nevada, Reno, or other universities worldwide.

Use the tabs above or the links on this page to search library databases for theses on a particular topic, use Library Search for theses written at the University of Nevada, Reno, and search open-access websites for international papers.

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The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries provide help in-person, over the phone, by email, and via live chat.

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Locating Full Text of Masters' Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

  1. Search our online databases using the suggested resources on the Electronic Access tab.
  2. Use these suggestions to help you find dissertations and theses Written @ UNR.
  3. Looking for international theses? Explore the suggested websites on the Open Access & International box.
  4. Still can't find what you need? Go to the Interlibrary Loan tab for further directions.

If you are a Community Borrower, you may come to any of our library locations and login to our wireless network to conduct an electronic search in ProQuest or visit the KC to locate print University of Nevada, Reno dissertations and theses.

Why is the dissertation or thesis I'm looking for not available in a full-text version?

Dissertation and Theses authors can put a temporary embargo on their work when they submit it to ProQuest's Dissertations & Theses database. An embargo is the temporary inaccessibility of a scholarly work to any potential reader or simply to those without a subscription to the journal and/or database that houses it. While a record containing basic bibliographic information about a given work will turn up in Library Search and various scholarly databases, the material itself will be inaccessible. Embargoes typically last for a specified amount of time (e.g., 12 months, 18 months, 5 years, etc.). Permanent embargoes are rare.

References / Further Reading

Indiana University Libraries. (2015, March 3). Workshop recap: Should I embargo my dissertation? [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Truschke, A. (2015, April 20). To embargo your dissertation, or not? Retrieved from