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.

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.

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  A free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents from around the world.


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Theses at IC

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

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

Theses are published by the Library to Digital Commons Ithaca College as they are received.

Collection of IC Electronic Theses  available digitally.

Print theses cataloged to date:
Masters theses
Masters theses - Occupational therapy 
Masters theses - Music 
Masters theses - Communications
Masters theses -- Exercise and Sport Sciences 
Masters 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