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Module 5 – Theses and Dissertations

How do I find theses and dissertations?  (Georgia Southern University and non- Georgia Southern University)

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to identify and obtain theses and dissertations from the Henderson Library collection, as well as works completed at other universities.

Introduction:

It is important for you to know about how to locate theses and dissertations from Georgia Southern University and other institutions.

This module will:

  • Provide directions on how to locate and access theses and dissertations located in the Henderson Library collection (Digital Commons@GeorgiaSouthern and the Library Catalog,
  • Provide directions on how to access Dissertations and Theses with Full Text (ProQuest) for identifying these and dissertations from around the world.
  • Provide directions on how to obtain these and dissertations from other institutions via ILLiad

Task List

This task list is a checklist of activities the students need to do. The list concisely and explicitly names the documents and tools that support the teaching and learning activities in each module.

Please complete the following tasks in this module:

  • Read M5 Lecture
  • Complete M5—  How to I find theses and dissertations-Quiz
  • Provide feedback on your learning experience using the Module Feedback link

Lecture:

Background

At the completion of a degree program that requires a thesis or dissertation, the Henderson Library obtains a copy for its collection. For many years, a printed copy was placed in the general circulating collection and another copy was placed in Special Collections (non-circulating).  Since 2004, an electronic copy of all theses and dissertation has been added to the Digital Commons @ Georgia Southern. Digital Commons@Georgia Southern is an open access digital collection whose purpose is to collect and disseminate the intellectual and creative output of the University’s faculty, staff and students.  A project is underway to digitize all Georgia Southern theses and dissertations and add them to Digital Commons for easy, remote access.

You can locate copies of theses and dissertations completed by Georgia Southern University students by searching the GIL catalog (both GIL Classic and GIL-Find) and by searching Digital Commons@Georgia Southern (http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/etd/). Additionally, you may need to locate dissertations and theses completed at other schools. To do this, you may use a number of open access, digital collections, as well as a database, available via GALILEO, which is key to identifying theses and dissertations by author, topic, institution, and other ways.

Searching for Dissertations and Theses via Digital Commons@Georgia Southern.

  1. Go to http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/etd/
  2. Review results and limit by discipline, year, keyword
  3. Select the pdf  to obtain the full text

Searching for Dissertations in Library Catalog:

Using GIL Classic – https://gil.georgiasouthern.edu

Option #1 (Note: This will also include theses written at GSU)

  1. Click Exact Search
  2. In Search Box, type georgia southern university – dissertations
  3. Click Radio button next to Subject Heading then Click Go
  4. Link for Georgia Southern University – Dissertations will appear
  5. Click link and browse through titles

Option #2

  1. In the Quick Search Box, type in etd then Click Go
  2. Results will display then browse through titles

Option #3

  1. You may also search ETDs by keyword, student name, title, or chairperson’s name using the Keyword Search option
  2. In Search box #1 put in etd
  3. In Search box #2 put in keyword, student name, title, or chairperson’s name then Click Go
  4. Results will display then browse through titles

Option #4

  1. You may also search ETDs by degree
  2. In Search box #1 put in etd
  3. In Search box #2 put in degree (e.g. MFA or EDD) then Click Go
  4. Results will display then browse through titles

Searching for Dissertations in Library Catalog:

Using GIL Find – http://gilfind.georgiasouthern.edu

Option #1

  • On Basic Search screen type etd and subject
  • (This will locate electronic theses/dissertations by subject which were written 2004-present and are fulltext online)

Option #2

  • On Basic Search screen type etd and chairperson’s name
  • (This will locate electronic theses/dissertations by a particular chair person or major professor which were written 2004-present and are fulltext online)

Option #3

  • On Basic Search screen type etd and student name
  • (This will locate electronic theses/dissertations by a particular graduate student which were written 2004-present and are fulltext online)

Option #4

  • On Basic search screen type  “georgia southern university dissertations” OR “georgia southern college dissertations”
  • (This will locate all theses/dissertations in print and online written by Georgia Southern students) Note: Be sure to capitalize “OR” when using this search strategy.

Option #5

  • Go to http://tinyurl.com/6jb37je to get a list of all electronic theses and dissertations written by former Georgia Southern students

 

Identifying and obtaining non-Georgia Southern University theses and dissertations

To explore the vast research conducted by scholars from institutions from around the country and the world, you may access a number of databases and digital collections. The link below lists the key sources for identifying and accessing these works.
http://www.galileo.usg.edu/scholar/georgiasouthern/types/dissertations-theses/?Welcome

Should this link fail to work, you may find this source in the GALILEO menu. Go to GALILEO, click on “Browse by Type”, and select Dissertations and Theses.

Contained in the URL above is a database of particular importance. It is the database called Dissertations and Theses with Full text (ProQuest). It is the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research. Dissertations and Theses with Full Text (ProQuest) provides a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day and offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997. More than 70,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through dissertations publishing partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions worldwide and collaborative retrospective digitization of dissertations through UMI’s Digital Archiving and Access Program. Full-text dissertations are archived as submitted by the degree-granting institution. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Basic bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. When available, Dissertations and Theses with Full Text provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

 

 

Getting full text copies of theses and dissertations from other schools:

Copies of theses and dissertations available at other libraries can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (Illiad). See the “ILL, GIL-Express, Document Delivery” module for more information about Interlibrary Loan (Illiad)

Getting help:

You may contact the Information Desk or your library liaison for assistance with locating theses and dissertations. Call 912-478-5645 or call or email/call your library liaison http://library.georgiasouthern.edu/services/library-liaisons/

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