Answered By: Van Pelt Librarian Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015 Views: 133
The best database to use for identifying dissertations is ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Fulltext, with full-text coverage from 1997-present, and indexing going back much further.
Penn Libraries keeps a print copy of most doctoral dissertations completed at Penn. The Dissertations Research Guide details search strategies for locating Penn dissertations. We do not collect masters theses, though academic departments sometimes keep them.
For some international dissertations, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: UK and Ireland or the National Library of Australia's Trove repository. The Center for Research Libraries has a large set of international dissertations that can be ordered via Interlibrary Loan.
Dissertations from other universities may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. If you are affiliated with another library or university, you can often request dissertations through the interlibrary loan department at your local institution. Copies of Penn dissertations are also for sale from ProQuest.