Political Science

A guide to resources for researching government and political science

Quick Guide to Dissertations

For best results, use the following links in this order to search for available dissertations and masters theses (full text online, in our collections, for purchase in print or available for Interlibrary Loan).

UF Libraries Catalog

  • Check our library holdings; we may own a copy of the thesis or dissertation you need.

UF Electronic Theses & Dissertations

  • Information page for UF's institutional theses and dissertations available in electronic format.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

  • This database contains most US & Canadian dissertations and is fast increasing its global coverage. Retrospective digitization is ongoing; UF subscribes to all available full text online. Any titles in print only must be purchased or borrowed via ILL.

Dissertations and Theses (WorldCat Discovery)

  • A comprehensive database of major academic and some small, specialized US library catalogs. Each institution's own dissertations and those they've collected from others will be listed, but not necessarily available for loan. Check the WorldCat main catalog to see if the title you want is available for Interlibrary Loan and provide ILL with the Accession Number in the comments box to expedite their search process. Consult with your librarian if you need assistance.

Center for Research Libraries

  • CRL with its component membership organizations is an important repository of specialized academic library materials. As a member institution, UF Libraries' patrons may borrow from their extensive manuscript archives, newspapers and foreign dissertations.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

  • Browse or search through several ETD collections, typically across multiple institutions at once, or take advantage of the NDLTD Global ETD Search.

Theses Canada Portal

  • Launched in 1965 at the request of the deans of Canadian graduate schools, this portal is a collaborative program between Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and nearly 70 universities accredited by Universities Canada.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – UK & Ireland

  • A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Also known as the Index to Theses

EThOS – British Library eThesis Online Service

  • EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximize the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. There are approximately 400,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 160,000 of these also provide access to the full text thesis, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institution’s own repository.

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

  • Metadata and links to open access graduate theses and dissertations from over 1,100 colleges, universities and research institutions.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

  • Access to research literature pre- and post-peer-review through author self-archiving in institutional eprint archives.

Purchase a copy through ProQuest

  • Purchase unbound copies of dissertations and theses with express delivery to your home, school or office. Select from the over 1.9 million graduate works available.
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