All Stanford dissertations and theses are listed in SearchWorks. (From the home page, click the “Dissertations & theses” link under Featured resources. Limit any search result by selecting "Thesis/Dissertation” under Genre in the left column.)
Most Stanford dissertations written between 1989 and 2009 are available as PDFs from Proquest. You can access these directly from Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford or from the Searchworks record.
If the thesis or dissertation was filed in a digital format (this option was available starting in November 2009) it may not be indexed in the Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford database, but it will be available through a direct link in the SearchWorks record and from Google. If the student opted for embargo restrictions, some of or the entire dissertation may not be available for up to five years after the submission date.
You can submit a request to view a print copy of a dissertation in the Special Collections & University Archives department (library use only). The SearchWorks record will indicate if there is a circulating print copy that you can check out.
You can purchase copies of Stanford dissertations completed before 2010 via UMI Dissertation Express from ProQuest.
What we hold
PhD and MPhil theses
We hold the University's PhD and MPhil theses, including physical copies up to 2012.
White Rose eTheses holds electronic copies from 2013 onwards, as well as a selection of pre-2013 theses.
University of York Masters dissertations for some subjects are available from:
- York Digital Library (electronically)
- JB Morrell Library (Booking necessary. See Consulting a thesis/dissertation tab.)
- King's Manor Library (available on the open shelves)
York Digital Library holds electronic copies of:
- Archaeology: selection from 1973 onwards including a complete set for the last five years
- Centre for Medieval Studies: selection from 1963 - 1999 and 2010 onwards
- History: selection from 2010 onwards
- History of Art: selection from 1995 onwards
- Management: complete set from 2010 onwards
- Social Policy and Social Work: selection from 2015 onwards
The JB Morrell Library holds some dissertations from 1977 to 2012 (but mostly from the last ten years), from:
- History of Art
- Social Policy and Social Work
- and Women's Studies
King's Manor Library holds:
- Centre for Medieval Studies dissertations from 2000 to 2011 (and some from 1990 to 2000)
- Stained Glass Conservation dissertations up to 2013
- Eighteenth Century Studies dissertations
York Digital Library holds a selection of undergraduate dissertations for certain subjects. They are:
- Economics (selection from 2015)
- History (selection from 1967 onwards)
- History of Art (selection from 1997 onwards)
Consulting a thesis/dissertation in the Library
Some theses and dissertations are kept in a secure store. To consult them in the Library, you will need to request access to them via YorSearch.
To request a thesis or dissertation:
- Log in to YorSearch
- Locate the item using Advanced Search (as above)
- Select Get It
- Select Place a request or a booking
- Click Submit
Note: theses or dissertations may not be removed from the Library.
Theses and dissertations are collected from the secure store at least three times a day, at 10am, 2pm and 5pm. If possible we may be able to collect theses at other times.
We will send you an email telling you when the thesis/dissertation is ready to collect from the Help Desk. The email will tell you how long it will be reserved for you.
If you no longer need an item you have requested:
Access to theses for visitors
If you are a member of another university, you can ask your home library to obtain a copy of a York thesis for you.
If you are an independent researcher and want to consult a York thesis, contact us and and we will make a request for you. When you come to the Library to use the thesis you will be asked to show proof of your identity, including your address.
Theses from other universities
Theses from other universities
You can try one of the following services to find theses by students from other institutions.
If you can't access the full text of a thesis you're interested in, you can ask our Interlending and Document Supply Service to get it for you.