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Theses & Dissertations
rev. 10/02/2018--mfs

Northern Michigan University Master's Theses

Print and Electronic Theses *some full text
The library catalog contains print and electronic theses for NMU, and a few from Finlandia University. You have two options for locating theses. One is to browse by subject area. The other is to use the Guided Search screen, where you can combine the term thesis with an author's name, keyword term (e.g. nursing), etc.

Electronic Theses Only [Fall 2006 - 2013] *full text 
NMU electronic theses are also contained in Proquest's Dissertations and Theses database. Since the library does not subscribe to the entire database, we can only search and view NMU theses. You cannot browse by department, but there are capabilities for locating theses by advisor, subjects (author assigned), and keywords (author assigned). Alternatively you can search using your own keywords.

NMU Theses [2014-present] *full text
NMU electronic theses are provided in The Commons, Northern's institutional repository. You may browse by department, and may search by author & keywords.
Note that the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Projects are also located in The Commons.

Online Dissertations/Theses/Projects/Capstones

ProQuest Central *full text
ProQuest Central is a comprehensive database of journal & newspaper articles, ebooks, and theses/dissertations worldwide. Over 250,000 theses and dissertations are available in their entirety (not just 24-page preview) dated 1888-present.
To locate complete works, enter search terms, click on Full Text
and select Document type: Dissertation/Thesis

EBSCO Open Dissertations *full text
EBSCO Open Dissertations – Database offering access to more than 800,000 free electronic theses and dissertations dated primarily 1933-present. Search interface limited; not as robust as ProQuest Central, or even other EBSCO databases..

The Commons, Northern's institutional repository, also provides access to other university repositories. When using Search, enter terms then choose "across all repositories" from drop box. When using Advanced Search, Limit search to "All Repositories."

ABI/Inform *full text
ABI/Inform is a business database that covers related dissertations from 1935 to the present, although coverage is sparse prior to 1980. The database includes dissertations from the U.S. and other several other countries. There are multiple searching options, but you need to restrict the search to dissertations (via the publication type option at the bottom of the search screen) or you will also retrieve other materials.

ERIC *some full text
ERIC is an education database that includes theses and dissertations from 1960 to the present. Coverage is worldwide.
Limiting your search to only theses and dissertations requires a few steps. First you need to enter the term theses in one of the three search boxes, and change the type of search from keyword (via the drop down box) to publication type. In the other two search boxes you can enter author, title or keyword terms depending on your needs. Finally, after the search boxes there are options to limit your search. In the drop down box for Document Type Phrase select Document (ED). Check this screen capture for an example.

OneSearch indexes theses and dissertations from throughout the world. Has 24-page previews & some free online full-text (depends on author & institution).

Google Scholar *some free full text
Google Scholar indexes theses and dissertations from throughout the world. Recommend including either "master's thesis", "doctoral thesis", or "doctoral dissertation" (as appropriate) for search words.

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) *free full text
OpenDOAR is primarily a service to enhance and support the academic and research activities of the global community. OpenDOAR maintains a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories. Because more than theses or dissertations are found here, use either term (thesis or dissertation) when you search along with the subject.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Open Freely available  (PQDT Open) *free full text
PQDT Open is a repository of entire PDF full text open access dissertations and theses submitted to UMI ProQuest. Although few (< 20) open access were published between 1970-1999, over 13,000 are dated 2000 to present. There are multiple search options. Note: not all theses/dissertations from any specific institution are available here, but only those where the author chose to publish as open access.

Theses Canada Portal  *some free full text
The Theses Canada Portal contains print and electronic Canadian theses and dissertations. Most of the electronic documents are after 1998. Multiple search options are available.


Borrow print version for free

Search MeLCat to request dissertations & theses from Michigan universities. Note: the University of Michigan does not currently participate in MeLCat. Include the word dissertation or thesis or dnp or capstone in search phrase; look for pagination of "leaves" instead of pages. There is no fee charged to patrons when requesting through MeLCat.

Borrow print version through ILL using FindIt! button (might be free, but most likely will cost $$)

CINAHL Plus Full-Text
Limit to Source Type: Dissertations

Worldcat Dissertations and Theses
Citations to theses and dissertations from over 20,000 libraries. WorldCat Dissertations & Theses is a subset of the WorldCat database.

Buy your own copy ($38 instant download)

Dissertation Express
Dissertation Express indexes dissertations and master's theses published 1861 - present. Search by keyword, author, title, or UMI publication number. Note: results are limited to 40 titles at a time, and do not contain abstracts. Does indicate Open Access (free PDFs), but unable to limit search to these. Users may order PDF, paper, or microfilm copy for a fee.


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