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Dissertations @ Pitt: Home

This guide will help you locate dissertations and theses from the University of Pittsburgh, national, and international institutions.

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Useful tools that will help guide your research.


This research guide was created with the assistance of LaMonica Wiggins, MLIS Graduate Student, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 2010-11.

Getting Started: How to Use this Guide

This guide has been created to assist students in locating and utilizing resources relating to the research and writing of theses and dissertations here at the University of Pittsburgh.

These resources include:

  • Books on how to write a successful thesis or dissertation that are available through PITTCat+, our online library catalog.
  • Links to online avenues for obtaining free online dissertations and theses.
  • Links to databases that provide full text access to dissertations and theses here at Pitt and Worldwide.

In each tab you will find:

  • Pitt Dissertations Tab: Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD), a service offered by the University of Pittsburgh which allows you to search for dissertations and theses published at the university.
    • U.S. Dissertations Tab: Browse ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT), a searchable database of full-text dissertations from the U.S. and Worldwide.

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