“The first American Ph.D. program was initiated at Yale University in 1860. The first recipient was James Morris Whiton, whose dissertation in Latin on the proverb "Brevis vita, ars longa" was accepted in 1861. Handwritten, it was six pages long.” Dissertation Lore , UMI (University Microfilm), http://www.umi.com/umi/dissertations/lore.shtml
What is a Dissertation or Thesis?
Dissertations and theses are published items of original research, data or literature reviews on a specific subject. The University Libraries collects dissertations and theses electronically and in print form. This guide will assist you in finding a dissertation or thesis published at Notre Dame or another institution.
How Do I Find Dissertations or Theses?
Dissertations and Master's Theses can be found using a variety of resources:
|Dissertation Abstracts Online||
||You wish to locate dissertations on a topic, by subject, title, author, school name, etc.|
|ND Libraries Catalog||
||You wish to search by subject, title, etc.for dissertations and theses owned by University Libraries|
(OR choose "More" tab from ND Libraries Catalog; from the "Notre Dame: Full Catalog" column, choose "Theses and Dissertations")
||You wish to search by subject, title, etc. for Notre Dame dissertations and theses owned by University Libraries|
|Electronic Theses and Dissertations||
You wish to access the electronic format of a recent ND dissertation or thesis;
You wish to browse the ETD database by author, department, keyword, etc.
|Center for Research Libraries||
||You wish to search for foreign dissertations by author, title, country, language, etc.|
Copies of dissertations and theses may also be available in print and could be in some of the following locations within the University Libraries. Please check the ND Libraries Catalog for location and availability:
For borrowing privileges, please see the Circulation Loan Periods. Interlibrary Loan is available for items that cannot be obtained at Notre Dame. Please make note of the bibliographic information and submit an Interlibrary Loan Request form to order the item. For additional assistance, Ask a Librarian.