Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016     Views: 409

Typically, masters' theses and PhD dissertations can be found at the college/university library where the graduate student (author) received his/her degree.

UMass Boston theses are listed in the Healey Library catalog and are available on the 5th floor of the library. Search the catalog by authortitle of thesis, or by typing into the catalog search box exactly this: University of Massachusetts at Boston Theses.  You can also find dissertations online from Proquest Dissertations & Theses. Limit your search by school.

For non-UMass Boston theses & dissertations, follow these steps:

If it is not, then try the following...

  • If the thesis/dissertation is affiliated with one of the BLC libraries, search UMass Boston WorldCat. In most cases you can requesting a copy through WorldCat's built-in Healey Library interlibrary loan feature.
  • If the thesis/dissertation is not affiliated with one of the BLC Libraries, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is your best bet. When requesting one, use the New Request - Loan function.  
  • Occasionally requesting a thesis/dissertation via ILL is unsuccessful b/c it is against policy of the lending library to loan their theses/ dissertations. If that's the case, it is possible to purchase a copy at Dissertation Express.