Theses and Dissertations

Online Sources

While University Microfilms International (UMI), a division of ProQuest, continues to archive, sell, and provide fee-based access to theses and dissertations, an increasing number of higher education institutions are providing online access to theses and dissertations completed by students, in pdf format.   In addition, many electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) are made available to web crawlers to show up in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

The Library provides access to three ProQuest databases:

Dissertations & Theses Global (ProQuest)  Comprehensive index of doctoral dissertations and some master's theses from most North American and many European colleges and universities. Full text is available for most of those submitted after 1996 and for many before that.

CINAHL   Research in nursing, allied health, biomedicine, and healthcare.  To find dissertations in select "Doctoral Dissertations" in the "Publication Type" limit.

Additional Sources:

ETD Center - OhioLINK
Full-text electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) from several universities and colleges across Ohio have been deposited in the Center, which makes the ETDs freely available to all.   You can search by subject (e.g. occupational therapy) or granting university.

NDLTD: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
An international collaborative effort, the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations, and promotes open access publishing of these documents.

Digital Commons Network
Full-text access to 125,000 theses and dissertations.  

Theses Canada
Search the full-text of electronic theses in the collection of the National Library and Archives of Canada.

DART-Europe - E-theses Portal
Open access research theses from more than 500 universities in several European countries.

Worldwide ETD Index  A global index of freely available electronic theses and dissertations, provided by major ETD collections around the world. This index lets you search for information about each ETD (“metadata,” including authors, titles, and abstracts). It does not search the full text of the ETDs.

Open thesis  Aa free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents from around the world.


Contact Us

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Bridget Bower

College Archivist
(607) 274-3096
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Lisabeth Chabot

College Librarian
(607) 274-3182

Theses at IC

The Ithaca College Library maintains a collection of theses submitted by IC students.

Masters theses - Physical Education 
Masters theses - Occupational therapy 
Masters theses - Music 
Masters theses - Communications 

If the Library received a single copy of a thesis, it is stored in the College Archives. These theses are available for in-library use (reading, copying, scanning).  Please contact Bridget Bower, College Archivist, to schedule access to these materials.  All second copies of submitted theses are available for circulation.

The Library currently accepts theses in PDF format. Each thesis is cataloged and posted for online access. Students are asked to upload their thesis and signature page with signatures

IC Electronic Theses 

IC Electronic Theses - Communications

IC Electronic Theses - Exercise and Sport Sciences

IC Electronic Theses - Music

IC Electronic Theses - Occupational Therapy

IC Electronic Theses - Physical Education

Citation Styles

The IC Library has copies of style manuals that provide examples and instructions for creating and formatting citations for works used in your research.  Course instructors will indicate the preferred style on the course syllabus. Regardless of the style used, it is important to be consistent throughout the bibliography. See also our Citation Styles Guides.

Thesis Preparation

We recommend this ebook as a reference on copyright as it pertains to images in theses. Permissions, a survival guide: blunt talk about art as intellectual property 

See these Ithaca College Graduate Degree program sites for Thesis Guidelines:

School of Communications School of Health Sciences and Human Performance School of Music