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University of Chicago Dissertations and Theses
The University of Chicago relies on the ProQuest dissertation database for dissertations completed after June 2009. The Library holds a copy of most University of Chicago doctoral dissertations deposited before Summer 2009, as well as many early masters' theses, and those with current University of Chicago Library borrowing privileges may borrow them. Records for these items appear in the Library Catalog and in Lens.
Dissertations and Theses from Other Institutions
If the Library holds a copy of a dissertation or thesis from another institution, a record will appear in the Library Catalog and in Lens.
The full text of dissertations from the U.S. and Canada may be available in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. Dissertations from other countries may be available from the Center for Research Libraries.
If you have current borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago Library, you may place an interlibrary loan request to borrow dissertations that are not available through the Library.
Information for Users Not Affiliated with the University of Chicago
If you are not affiliated with the University of Chicago, check with your local library to determine what databases and borrowing options are available to you. Many college and university libraries subscribe to ProQuest databases. (This link should work from on your campus or if your computer is configured to access your library resources remotely, but you may need to use a link on your library's web site.) If you have access, select the dissertation database and then go to the Advanced Search page. You can search for University of Chicago dissertations by entering 0330 in the School name/code--SCH field. You may also wish to search WorldCat to see if the dissertation you need is held by a nearby library.
The University of Chicago Library will lend most University of Chicago dissertations and theses deposited before Summer 2009. See the Library's Interlibrary Loan lending policies to learn more about borrowing material.
Copies of most University of Chicago dissertations and some early theses may be purchased through ProQuest Dissertation Express (Dissertation Express Support: 800.521.3042). ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing staff can also help you find the dissertation or thesis you need.
If UMI does not have a copy of one of our doctoral dissertations, please contact the University of Chicago Dissertation Office.