PittCat is the main searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library System (ULS), including articles, books, ebooks, journal articles, ejournals, audio and video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.
The institutional repository for the University of Pittsburgh, called D-Scholarship, contains the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) produced by our graduates. This system provides text-based PDF files of thesis and dissertations published through the university from 2004 forward. ETDs can contain non-text elements such as multimedia, sound, video, and hypertext links. At Pitt, ETDs are also available on PittCat, the university's online catalog. This enables scholars worldwide to locate, search, and download Pitt's ETDs. As of 2020, over 10,000 ETDs have been deposited.
D-Scholarship Search Tips
If you are trying to locate theses and dissertations published before 2004 by the university, search PittCat. Some Pitt theses and dissertations may also be full-text in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (1997-Present).
Dissertations are held in various ULS locations and are available in a variety of formats. The ULS Microforms collection has Pitt Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations dating back to the 1930s. Archives & Special Collections does have some materials dating back to the late 1800s. Note, however, that the ULS does not have a comprehensive collection of every Pitt Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation. In general, the older the work, the less likely we are to have it.