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ASU Dissertations and Theses: Doctoral Dissertations

The ASU Library has a copy for most of the disserations and theses written by ASU graduate and honors students. This guide explains how to determine what is available and how to get a copy.

Dissertations: Introduction

At ASU, doctoral level programs require a dissertation.  "Dissertation" is the preferred term at the doctoral level as "thesis" is generally used to describe the document produced in Undergraduate Honors and Masters programs. 

The availability, location, and format of dissertations depends on the time period in which the student completed the doctoral degree:

Dissertations: Fall 2011 to the present

The Graduate College requires doctoral students to submit an electronic copy of their dissertations to ProQuest; ProQuest waits for approval from the Graduate College before the dissertations are released into the ProQuest databases.  ProQuest sends a digital copy of the bibliographic information and full text of these documents to the ASU Library for inclusion in several different databases.    

Note: Not all dissertations are available soon after graduation.  The ASU Graduate College currently allows students to request an embargo of up to 2 years before their dissertation is made public; students may choose this option to protect  their intellectual property rights or to preserve commercial publication opportunities among other issues. The full text of an embargoed dissertation will not be available for viewing in the following databases until the embargo period has ended.  

The dissertations from this time period are available as follows:

  • ASU Digitial Repository: ASU Electronic Dissertations and Theses Collection
    Has the full text of the dissertations, except for cases where the dissertation is within a requested embargo period; the full text is in PDF and is available for all to view, print and/or download. 

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) and
    Dissertations and Theses @ ASU databases
    Contains the full text, except for cases where the dissertation is within a requested embargo period; full text is in PDF.

    Access to these databases requires a subscription.
    • ASU faculty, staff and currently enrolled students may access these database from both on- and off-campus
    • ASU Alumni and community members who live in the Phoenix area may access these databases from within an ASU Library; ProQuest does not permit us to offer off-campus access to alumni and community members.
    • Alumni and individuals outside of the Phoenix area should check with their local libraries, particularily libraries at publicly funded colleges and universities, for the availability of the "ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database.   

  • ASU Library's Catalog
    Contains a bibliographic record for the dissertations and each record has a link to the full text in the ASU Digital Repository.  

  • The ASU Library does not retain or accept print copies for dissertations available in the ASU Digital Repository.  

Dissertations: 1999 - Spring 2011

The Graduate College required doctoral students to submit two printed copies of their dissertation to the ASU Library, one printed copy to their academic unit and an electronic copy to ProQuest.   

The dissertations from this time period are available as follows:

  • ASU Digitial Repository: ASU Electronic Dissertations and Theses Collections
    Only the limited number of 2010/2011 dissertations selected for the electronic submission trial are available in full text (PDF); full text for 1999-2009 is not available.
     
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) and
    Dissertations and Theses @ ASU databases
    Contain the full text for almost all dissertations during this time; full text is in PDF. 

    Access to these databases requires a subscription.
    • ASU faculty, staff and currently enrolled students may access these database from both on- and off-campus
    • ASU Alumni and community members who live in the Phoenix area may access these databases from within an ASU Library; ProQuest does not permit us to offer off-campus access to alumni and community members.
    • Alumni and individuals outside of the Phoenix area should check with their local libraries, particularily libraries at publicly funded colleges and universities, for the availability of the "ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database.
       
  • ASU Library's Catalog
    Contains a bibliographic record for the dissertations and each record has the location for the print copies.  The catalog record does not contain information about full text availability.  
     
    • The first copy, aka the archival copy, is kept in storage and the user must contact the Luhr's Reading Room (480-965-4932 or archives@asu.edu) in advance to set an appointment to view a dissertation.  The copy may only be viewed in the Luhrs Reading Room and is not available for checkout or interlibrary loan. 
       
    • The second copy, aka the circulating copy, is kept in Hayden Library and may be checked out or loaned to other libraries.    Note: not every dissertation has a second copy and some of these copies may be shelved in libraries other than Hayden; see the catalog record for availability.  ASU dissertations are given the call number: LD179.15 [year]d [cuttered by author]

Dissertations: 1973-1998

The Graduate College required doctoral students to submit two printed copies of their dissertation to the ASU Library, one printed copy to their academic unit and an electronic copy to UMI (predecessor to ProQuest).


The dissertations from this time period are available as follows: 

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) and
    Dissertations and Theses @ ASU databases
    Contain the full text for most, but not all titles; full text is in PDF.

    Access to these databases requires a subscription.
    • ASU faculty, staff and currently enrolled students may access these database from both on- and off-campus
    • ASU Alumni and community members who live in the Phoenix area may access these databases from within an ASU Library; ProQuest does not permit us to offer off-campus access to alumni and community members
    • ASU Alumni and individuals outside of the Phoenix area should check with their local libraries, particularily libraries at publicly funded colleges and universities, for the availability of the "ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database.
       
  • ASU Library's Catalog
    Contains bibliographic records for the dissertations and each record has the location for the print copies. The catalog record does not have information about full text availability. 
     
    • The first copy, aka the archival copy, is kept in storage and the user must contact the Luhr's Reading Room (480-965-4932 or archives@asu.edu) in advance to set an appointment to view a dissertation. The copy may only be viewed in the Luhrs Reading Room and is not available for checkout or interlibrary loan.
       
    • The second copy, aka the circulating copy, is kept in the High Density Collection and must be retrieved in advance of a visit.  These copies may be checked out or used for interlibrary loan.  Some dissertations during this time do not have a second copy.  ASU dissertations are given call number:  LD179.15 [year]d [cuttered by author]

Dissertations: 1954-1972

The dissertations from this time period are available as follows:

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) and
    Dissertations and Theses @ ASU databases
    Contain mostly just bibliographic records however there are a few full text dissertations during this time period. 

    Access to these databases requires a subscription.
    • ASU faculty, staff and currently enrolled students may access these database from both on- and off-campus
    • ASU Alumni and community members who live in the Phoenix area may access these databases from within an ASU Library; ProQuest does not permit us to offer off-campus access to alumni and community members.
    • Alumni and individuals outside of the Phoenix area should check with their local libraries, particularily libraries at publicly funded colleges and universities, for the availability of the "ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database.
       
  • ASU Library's Catalog
    Contains a bibliographic record for the dissertations and each record has the location for the print copies.  The catalog record does not have information about full text availability. 
     
    • The first copy, aka the archival copy, is kept in storage and the user must contact the Luhr's Reading Room (480-965-4932 or archives@asu.edu) in advance to set an appointment to view a dissertation. The copy may only be viewed in the Luhrs Reading Room and is not available for checkout or interlibrary loan.
       
    • The second copy, aka the circulating copy, is kept in the High Density Collection and must be retrieved in advance of a visit.  These second copies may be checked out or used for interlibrary loan. Some dissertations during this time do not have a second copy.  ASU dissertations are given call number:  LD179.15 [year]d [cuttered by author]

Dissertations: 1938-1953

The dissertations from this time period are only available in print: 

  • ASU Library's Catalog  
    Contains a bibliographic record for the dissertations and each record has the location for the print copies.

    • The first copy, aka the archival copy, is kept in storage and the user must contact the Luhr's Reading Room (480-965-4932 or archives@asu.edu) in advance to set an appointment to view a disssertation.  The copy may only be viewed in the Luhrs Reading Room and cannot be checked out nor loaned to another library. 

    • The second copy, aka the circulating copy, is kept in the High Density Collection and needs to retrieved from the collection in advance of a visit.  These copies may be checked out or used for interlibrary loan.  Some dissertations during this time do not have a second copy.  ASU dissertations are given call number:  LD179.15 [year]d [cuttered by author]

Need More Help?

View the policies and procedures for submitting your dissertation/thesis at the Graduate College's site for"Completing Your Degree; in particular, look under Graduation Procedures, Step 5: Submit Dissertation/Thesis to UMI/ProQuest

​Information about the electronic dissertations and theses in the ASU Digital Repository, including open access issues, embargoes and copyright is available at ASU Digital Repository: Electronic Theses and Dissertations
 

To determine if a specific ASU dissertation or thesis is available in the ASU Digital Repository, the Proquest Dissertation/Thesis database, or available in print in the ASU Library, contact



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