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  • Dissertations and Theses

    Contains citations,abstracts and possibly full text for over 2 million dissertations and theses. The database accepts over 90 percent of doctoral dissertations in North America.

  • Dissertations & Theses @ University of South Carolina

    Dissertations & Theses @ provides access to the citations,abstracts, and possibly the full text of dissertations and theses graduate students at the University of South Carolina have published through UMI Dissertation Publishing.  

  • Scholar Commons

    Dissertations beginning in 2009 are deposited in Carolina's institutional repository.

    For earlier documents, per agreement with the Graduate School, dissertations in Scholar Commons can only be accessed from an on-campus computer with IP address beginning 129.252. and may not be used via the proxy. USC affiliated users can access the Dissertations & Theses database. Later theses and dissertations deposited in Scholar Commons will be open access, available to anyone from anywhere

  • American Doctoral Dissertations [open access]

    A free resource accessible to all researchers, the content in American Doctoral Dissertations has been expanded to include dissertations deposited in institutional repositories.  Entries include a link to the full text when available.  Graduate students may have opted to add a dissertation to an institutional repository but not to the Dissertations & Theses commercial database.  The PDF of entries noting Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities 1933-1955 is a page from that source, not a full dissertation.

  • is a modified version of the Worldcat database and does not link to all the library holdings you will find in the subscription version, but you can acccess it from on or off campus.  This link goes through the library's proxy so you'll be able to link to your Interlibrary Loan account.  You can also go directly to the free Internet version at

    To search OAIster go to  OAIster is a catalog of digital resources from open archive collections. Digital resources include: born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and datasets.

Subject Databases with Dissertations & Theses (alphabetical)

You'll find information about dissertations in many of the subject-specific databases, but the same dissertations will be in the Dissertations & Theses database. The databases listed here include material you won't find there.
  • America History and Life

    Historical coverage of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present, containing citations and abstracts for materials published since 1964.

  • Bibliography of the History of Art

    The Getty provides access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and to the Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA) for no charge.  These citation  databases, searchable together, cover material on European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present published between 1975 and 2007

  • Biological Sciences

    This interdisciplinary database offers abstracts and citations to a wide range of research in biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and ecology, and some aspects of agriculture and veterinary science.

  • CINAHL Complete

    Coverage of the literature in nursing and allied health care areas.

  • Early American Imprints Series I and II: 1639 - 1819 [Evans]

    Full text of over 70,000 books, pamphlets, and broadsides covering all aspects of American life from colonial times to the early 19th century.  It combines Evans (Series I and Supplement)  and Shaw-Shoemaker (Series II and Supplement).


    Sponsored by the US Department of Education, ERIC leads you to articles, books, and documents.

  • GeoRef

    Covers the international technical literature on geology and geophysics.

  • Historical Abstracts

    Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) including world history, military history, women’s history, history of education, and more.

  • LLBA - Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts

    Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.


Dissertations and Theses guide

includes tips on finding foreign dissertations and USC Honors College theses