When you're planning your disseration, you need to review existing dissertations, as well as the disciplinary literature, to find out what's been researched on your topic. It's also helpful to see examples of dissertations as you begin to write your own. Here are a few sources to consult:
Writing your dissertation can be a long and at times difficult process. You can search PittCat+ for books and materials to help you with your literature review and writing your thesis. Here are a few titles:
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are theses or dissertations prepared as text-based PDF files. Over 2,400 ETD's have been published by the University of Pittsburgh since summer 2008. ETD's are required for all doctoral, masters, and baccalaureate degree programs with a thesis requirement at the University of Pittsburgh.
All Pitt ETD's are available through PITTCat; use the Keyword search to search by Dissertation Subject Area. Over one million ETDs are now available online worldwide via the collaborative NDLTD Union Catalog.