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Spotlight: Dissertations, Final Products & Culminating Studies


Did you know that the UI&U Library provides access to over a million online dissertations and theses?  The documents are in PDF format and can be found in either ProQuest Dissertation & Theses or the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.  Links to both databases can be found on the library homepage’s dissertations tab or the databases by subject page. 

Dissertations and theses are a wonderful resource for bachelors through doctoral-level students.  Dissertation bibliographies tend to be extensive, so if you find one good dissertation, you can use the bibliography to find additional articles and books on your topic. In fact, the more difficult your research topic, the more useful “bibliography prospecting” becomes.

The UI&U Library also archives the final work of many previous UI&U students, including: bachelor-level Culminating Studies, masters-level Final Products, and Dissertations.  These final document can be found in our ebook catalog (this page will show you how to format the search query).

As you begin writing your final work, it can be helpful to read the work of earlier UI&U students.  The more you read these documents, the easier it will be to format and write your own final document.  You will also want to check the catalog and dissertation databases to ensure that you have selected an original research topic that has not been written about--the last thing you want to do is start your research and writing from scratch! 

I hope that you will find these databases to be both useful and empowering.  After all, these alums completed the daunting task of writing their final document, and so can you!  

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