Dissertations & Theses Resources
How do I find dissertations and theses about my research topic at VSU?
The following searchable resources will help you find dissertations and theses:
Full text for most dissertations from 1990 to the present. Includes full text for some earlier dissertations, along with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses citations from around the world. Includes dissertations from VSU. Coverage: 1637 - present.
Online full text of all VSU theses and dissertations from 2010-present. There are also a select amount of older dissertations dating as far back as 2001.
Search the NDLTD Union Catalog of more than one million electronic theses and dissertations. Or, search specific country sites. Not all theses and dissertations found here are open-access.
Access to more than 1.5 million international electronic theses and dissertations.
List of Electronic Dissertations and Theses Resources (Odum Library ILL Department)
ALL VSU Theses and Dissertations - GIL-Find@VSU Odum Catalog
Use our GIL-Find library catalog to find all VSU print dissertations and theses, which are located in the VSU Archives and Special Collections on the fourth floor. To find these, search by author, title or keyword (including department or degree name). To limit searches to VSU dissertations, use this boolean statement without the quotation marks "(Valdosta State) AND (theses OR thesis OR dissertation)".
Alternatively, use this link to view all VSU theses and dissertations available for borrowing in the VSU Archives and Special Collections.
I already know what dissertation I want. How do I get the full text?
First, check to see if it is available in Dissertations and Theses Full Text (Proquest). If you want a VSU thesis or dissertation published after 2010, check VSU Electronic Theses and Dissertations in VTEXT. The VSU Archives and Special Collections has print copies of all VSU dissertations and theses - to search for these, go to the GIL-Find@VSU Odum Catalog, search by author, title or keyword (including department or degree name). To limit searches, use one or more of these keywords (theses, dissertation, or Valdosta State) or view all VSU theses and dissertations.
If we do not have access to the dissertation or thesis, use ILL- Odum Express - Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan will attempt to borrow the dissertation or thesis from other libraries. While there is no charge for this service, it is often difficult to obtain a dissertation through Interlibrary Loan, since other libraries may not be able to lend their dissertations, and the only loanable copy might be in microfiche or microfilm format. Read the ILL Dissertation FAQ for more information.
If the dissertation or thesis is not available through Interlibrary Loan, try UMI Dissertation Express. This allows you to purchase copies of dissertations from the UMI fulltext database Dissertation Abstracts. Submit your order online or print out a form to mail or fax. Note that the order form allows you to search for dissertations by author or title.
You can also purchase a dissertation in Dissertations and Theses Full Text (Proquest), directly from the database.
How do I submit my VSU thesis or dissertation?The VSU Graduate School provides Thesis and Dissertation Information for submitting your work (includes checklists and forms) and the Library provides Thesis & Dissertation Binding help including both a Thesis/Dissertation Binding Information Sheet for the Bursary and an Electronic Thesis & Dissertation Permission & Submission Form. Print copies are submitted to the Acquisitions Department on the fourth floor of the building for binding, and electronic copies are submitted to the VSU Archives and Special Collections on the fourth floor.