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UConn (Master’s) Theses and (Ph.D) Dissertations:

How to find UConn Theses & Dissertations:

There are three ways to get access to electronic UConn Theses and Dissertations:

For Dissertations and Theses prior 2012:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text provides full text for most UConn dissertations from 1996 to 2012 and includes bibliographic entries for more than 9000 dissertations (but no masters theses) as far back as 1965.

Note: You can purchase a Ph.D. dissertation (UConn or from another university) from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. Check their Help Page for instructions.

For Dissertations and Theses after 2012:

  • OpenCommons@UConn (OC) is the official repository for all electronic UConn dissertations and masters’ theses from 2013 to the present. Since 2013, the Graduate School has been ingesting them in the repository. There are also links in OC to UConn theses and dissertations hosted in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database from 2012 to 1956 [although there are gaps for the older years].
    • Use the Advance Search for each of these series to limit your search only to the type of work you are looking for. The Advance Search includes fields for Advisors, Co-Advisors, Departments, etc.
    • Most dissertations and theses are available as full text but authors may decide to restrict public access to their dissertations/theses for a set period of time during which only an abstract is available or they only allow Campus Access for members of the UConn community.
    • If a thesis or dissertation is set as Campus Access, please contact your Interlibrary Loan Department to request a copy.
    • If a thesis or dissertation is embargoed, you need to contact the author to get permission to get a copy of their work.

To search for both print and electronic dissertations and theses

  • Library’s General Search (the search box on the library webpage)
    • Caveat: You can’t search for Advisor, co-Advisor, or Departments using this search option
    • Good for looking for what is available quickly
    • For electronic dissertations and theses, the results links directly to the actual document in OpenCommons@UConn
    • Learn more in the section, Locating Theses and Dissertations in the online catalog, below.

If you have questions or issues accessing dissertations or theses in OpenCommons@UConn, please contact Betsy Pittman, Electronic Theses and Dissertation Coordinator.

  • Print copies of masters theses and doctoral dissertations do not circulate, and are available for viewing in Archives & Special Collections (located in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center). Please contact the archives for details on accessing these works: or 860-486-2524.
  • The University of Connecticut does not have copies of theses/dissertations for sale.
    • UConn Ph.D. dissertations up to 2012 may be purchased from ProQuest.
    • Theses/dissertations from 2013 and onward are available for download at OpenCommons@UConn if they are not embargoed.

Print UConn dissertations and theses held by the Libraries can be found in the Advanced Search option of the Library’s General Search. You can look up a thesis or dissertation using the title, author, or keyword search options. To limit a search to dissertations/theses awarded at UConn, search using the keyword terms: Connecticut AND thesis followed by a department name or other keyword. Examples:

  • Connecticut AND thesis AND “educational psychology”
  • Connecticut AND thesis AND “federal reserve”

You can also search the library catalog to locate electronic UConn thesis and dissertations by topic that are held in OpenCommons@UConn. Use the following keywords + [topic] to find them:

In some cases, Interlibrary Services can request a dissertation or thesis that was awarded from another college or university and that is not available in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text Database. This is useful if you are looking to get access to international theses and dissertations but we can’t guarantee that we can get it for you–it depends on the lending institution policies.

To find non-UConn theses and dissertations:

  • Go to WorldCat Advanced Search to search for non-UConn dissertations and theses.
    • Use the “Narrow your Search” Menu to limit the search to Content–> Thesis/Dissertation AND keywords on your topic.
      • Use the “Request this item” under the Find it in libraries globally” option. We will try our best to get it for you or
    • You can also limit the search to Library–> Center of Research Libraries to search for the over 800,000 dissertations available for loan by this academic organization, which we have borrowing rights as institutional members.