Theses from Universities in the United States

The Bodleian Libraries have purchased copies of some US theses. These can be found on SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online) and may be ordered up from storage.

Some American theses accepted for higher degrees and published before 1973 are held in the Bodleian Library but are not yet catalogued on SOLO. These holdings can be found in the Foreign Dissertations Catalogue card index. This catalogue is unfortunately not currently available to readers. Access to material in this catalogue is via staff at the Main Enquiry Desk in the Lower Reading Room of the Old Bodeian Library. Please email: or phone 01865 277162.

Dissertation and Theses is a useful tool for locating US theses. This is a comprehensive database for dissertations beyond Great Britain dating from 1861 to the present. 350 word abstracts are included for titles published since July 1980. More than 47,000 titles and 12,000 new theses are added each year.

This database can be accessed through OxLIP+. See information about using Dissertations and Theses

British Library Document Supply Services have a collection of American theses which begins in the 1950s and ends in 1999. Search for the thesis on Dissertations and Theses, and take a printout of the citation to the central Bodleian Library's Main Enquiry Desk at the Lower Reading Room, where staff will then contact the British Library to check whether there is a stock copy, and arrange for you to make an application if there is.

If the thesis is not held by the British Library it may be considered for purchase; enquiry desk staff will direct you to the relevant subject librarian.

It is also useful to check COPAC, which gives access to the online catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK, to see if the thesis has been purchased by another UK library. Such theses may be obtained by current members of Oxford University via interlibrary loan for the standard subsidised fee. Please ensure that both sides of the interlibrary loan form [PDF, 188kb] are completed correctly as incomplete forms cannot be processed. Interlibrary loans staff will contact you by email and letter when the item has arrived.

Readers who are not current members of Oxford University will be charged differently for interlibrary loans; we recommend that such readers use the facilities provided by their own institution or their local public library.

Obtaining copies of US university theses

Alternatively readers may purchase copies of filmed American theses (prices start at $41 for a digital download) via Dissertations and Theses via OxLIP+ .

Copying from theses obtained on microfilm via interlibrary loan is not permitted.

Readers may purchase copies of filmed American theses via Dissertations and Theses. For dissertations dating from 1997 onwards the first 24 pages are available free online, usually including the contents and all or part of the introduction.

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