Dissertations

Theses & Dissertations

 

Beginning  Winter quarter 2012, all UCSC dissertations and theses are being submitted in electronic instead of paper format. Since theses and dissertations are no longer being submitted on paper, we are no longer archiving paper copies; we archive the digital files instead.  

Click here to see UCSC theses and dissertations already available on escholarship.

 

Graduate students have the option of delaying the release, an embargo, of their dissertation for two years after it is submitted to Proquest/UMI. The library will provide access after the embargo period has ended. 

For more information on Open Access/escholarship see this guide.

 

Access to Masters’ Theses and Ph.D Dissertations filed through September 2011:

To find a Masters’ thesis or Ph.D. dissertation, conduct a title, author, subject or keyword search in Cruzcat (http://cruzcat.ucsc.edu/) to locate specific papers. Theses and dissertations are also cataloged under the general subject heading of “academic dissertations”.

Before they come to Special Collections, all graduate papers are processed by the Graduate Division. If you have questions, need more information about a paper, or need a copy of the Dissertation Guidelines, contact the Graduate Division.

 

Access to Masters’ Theses and Ph.D Dissertations filed through September 2005

A bound paper copy of all theses and dissertations has been cataloged and is shelved in the stacks of either McHenry Library or the Science and Engineering Library depending on the discipline.

Special Collections keeps a second unbound copy of each paper at NRLF, an off-site storage facility in Richmond, CA. These documents must be requested through Special Collections and can usually be retrieved with a week.

Ph.D dissertations from 1997 to the present are also available online from ProQuest Digital Dissertations, at: http://proquest.umi.com/login

 

Access to Masters’ Theses and Ph.D Dissertations filed from December 2005 and on:

Special Collections retains and catalogs a single paper copy of theses or dissertations. This copy is housed at the NRLF, an off-site storage facility in Richmond, CA. Patrons may request to view this copy through Special Collections and they must view the copy in the Special Collections Reading Room.

You can conduct a title, author, subject or keyword search in Cruzcat (http://cruzcat.ucsc.edu) to locate a specific thesis or dissertation. Theses and dissertations are also cataloged under the general subject heading of “academic dissertations”.

 

Call Numbers for Theses and Dissertations:

All dissertations and these cataloged before 2004 use regular Library of Congress call numbers. All graduate documents cataloged from December 2004 to the present use the following call number format:

GRAD (indicates thesis or dissertation)

LIT (board of study)

2005 (year that document was filed)

H37 (alphabetical scheme for author’s name)

Ph.D dissertations from 1997 to the present are also available online from ProQuest Digital Dissertations, at: http://proquest.umi.com/login

 

Use in Special Collections:

Although researchers can take extensive notes from theses and dissertations, photocopies may not be made. Researchers are advised to contact Special Collections at 831 459-2547 or speccoll@library.ucsc.edu and make an appointment to view these papers during our regular open hours.