So you have an idea of the topic you would like to pursue for your dissertation. Before you marry yourself to the idea, you need to do some research to make sure no one has already written a dissertation on this topic. Doctoral research must be original research. You need to carve out your own niche, which means knowing who may have dealt with the topic before.
On this page we have gathered together the best sources for finding dissertations. The resources presented are:
On this page we not only provide links to these resources, but tips on using some of them.
Use the tabs that run across the top of the page to access the different resources.
Help is available!
If at any time in your research your need help, click on the Ask a Librarian link on the blue bar at the top of the screen. Or you can contact me, Ted Bergfelt, the creator of this page. Click to Send Email, or phone me at 412.396.5351.
On January 14, 2016, the library liaison to the Center for Healthcare Ethics (and creator of this webpage) gave a presentation to Healthcare Ethics graduate students on "Finding Relevant Dissertations. A copy of the handout for this seminar is below. It contains some observations and advice on conducting your Dissertation Review, as well as some general search tips useful in searching most databases.