Dissertations and theses are great sources to use when you are writing one yourself. However, they are not as easy to come by as books and articles. When a student completes their dissertation only a few copies (if any) are bound. Usually, one of these bound copies is available at the student's university library or online institutional repository.
You may have heard of the database, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. The Western Libraries does NOT subscribe to this database.
Dissertation Databases ( Also, see ETD box below.)
ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses Open - This select group of authors has opted to make the full-text of their complete dissertations available to everyone.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) - Open access organization for advanced research and scholarship that are free to find and free to use.
Web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
If you are looking for dissertations or theses as examples to help with your own dissertation formatting or methodology, you don't necessarily have to be comprehensive in your searching. You just need good examples. Because of this you can search a smaller group of selected dissertations and theses and - maybe - find one that works.
If you have an extended abstract or even just a citation of a dissertation or thesis.
In the past few years, many universities have decided to support Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) projects and now make their most recent dissertations and theses available electronically via their own web sites.
You can also search for all publicly available ETDs that have been harvested by Libraries Worldwide (WorldCat). Click on Advanced Search for search options.