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-- Key resources to support architecture research at Arizona State University

Dissertation Basics

Dissertations are a good source of trending research, sources for literature reviews, and a review of what's been published as a dissertation. It is essential to check dissertations as you prepare for your doctoral research. Doctoral dissertations and theses from around the world can be located through the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global Database. Some of these may obtained for limited borrowing through our Interlibrary Loan Service (Illiad)


The ASU Library holds at least one copy or version for most of the dissertations and theses written by ASU graduates.   The term "dissertation" refers to the document produced at the doctoral level, while "thesis" refers to documents produced at the Masters and Undergraduate Honors levels.  Some Masters programs do not produce a thesis; documents from non-thesis programs such as applied, capstone, or research projects, are not collected by the ASU Library.   The availability or format (print/online) of a dissertation/thesis will vary according to the level (doctoral, masters, honors) and the year it was produced.   For more information on finding ASU dissertations and theses, see: 



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