Finding Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global provides access to the full-text of most USF dissertations produced after 1978, as well as abstracts and the full-text of most non-USF dissertations since 1997. 

USF Dissertations and Theses

In addition to providing access to the full-text of recent dissertations in PDF format, Gleeson Library | Geschke Center owns a copy of most doctoral dissertations and selected masters’ theses written by USF students. These items can be located using the library catalog, and may be checked out. USF dissertations/theses with a call number beginning LD4881 are shelved in the Lower Level of the Library. They are grouped by academic program, indicated by a strip of colored tape on the spine. All other dissertations are shelved in the Stacks throughout the library.

Using the Library Catalog 

All USF dissertations/theses can be found by searching the library catalog. If you do not know the author or title of a USF dissertation or thesis, use one of the methods below to search for works on a specific subject or from a specific program.

To find dissertations/theses from a specific program:

  • Search the library catalog using keywords to find works from a specific program:

    thesis AND university of san francisco AND <program name>
  • For example: 
    thesis AND university of san Francisco AND counseling psychology

To find dissertations/theses on a specific subject:

  • Search the library catalog using keywords to find works on a specific subject:
    thesis AND university of san francisco AND <your subject>
  • For example: 
    thesis AND university of san francisco AND germany
  • Remember to use the word thesis whether you are looking for a dissertation or a thesis and to spell out university of san francisco (using dissertation and/or USF will get no results).

Tips for the most direct way to search the library catalog to find dissertations/theses associated with a specific program

Be sure to enter periods with degrees (e.g., m.a. not ma)

Program

Best Method to Search the library catalog

Location

Biochemistry, M.S.

Search by Keywords: thesis AND university of san francisco AND biochemistry

Stacks

Biology, B.S., honors degree

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16572

Stacks

Biology, M.S.

Search by Keywords: m.s. AND biology

Stacks

Business Administration, M.B.A
(no longer collecting theses).

Search by Keywords: m.b.a. business administration

Stacks

Chemistry, M.S.

Search by Keywords: m.s. chemistry

Stacks

College of Professional Studies, senior project, B.S. or B.P.A.

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16574

Sacramento Library

Computer Science, M.S.

Search by Keywords: m.s. computer science

Stacks

Economics/International Economics, M.A.

Search by Keywords: m.a. AND thesis AND economics

Stacks

Education, Ed. D. or Psy.D.,

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16588

Lower Level (blue)

Education, Ed. D., or Psy. D., Counseling Psychology

Search by Keywords: thesis AND university of san francisco AND counseling psychology

Lower Level (blue)

Education, Ed. D., Learning and Instruction

Search by Keywords: Ed. D. AND learning and instruction

Lower Level (blue)

Education, Ed. D., Organization and Leadership

Search by Keywords: Ed. D. AND organization and leadership

Lower Level (blue)

Education, Ed. D., International and Multicultural Education

Search by Keywords: Ed. D. AND international and multicultural education

Lower Level (blue)

Education, Ed.D., Catholic Educational Leadership

Search by Keywords: Ed. D. AND Catholic educational leadership

Lower Level (blue)

Environmental Management, M.S.

Search by Keywords: thesis and environmental management

Lower Level (green)

Nonprofit Administration, M.A. or M.P.A.

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16583

Lower Level (red)

Nursing, M.S.
(no longer collecting theses)

Search by Keywords: thesis AND university of san francisco AND nursing

Stacks

Nursing, D.N.P. Search by Keywords: thesis AND doctor of nursing practice; or browse online. Online

Political Science, M.A.
(no longer collecting theses)

Search by Keywords: thesis AND university of san francisco AND political science

Stacks

Public Administration, M.A. or M.P.A. 

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16578

Lower Level (green)

Public Service, M.A. 

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16578

Lower Level (green)

Theology, M.A.
(no longer collecting theses)

Search by Keywords: m.a. AND theology

Stacks

Writing, M.A. or M.F.A.

Search by Call#: LD4881.S16582

Lower Level (yellow)

Non-USF Dissertations

If you need to search for non-USF dissertations on your topic, use ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global to search by subject, author, title, institution, etc. This database includes millions of searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.