Locating Dissertations

To find dissertations in the HIU Library Collections, search the Library Catalog.

Using the Advanced Search,

  • scroll down to Content Type

  • choose Thesis/dissertation

  • enter appropriate search terms for your project

  • click Search!

To find dissertations written by students at other institutions, begin your search in RIM: Research in Ministry

Some tips for using RIM:

  • On the first page, click Enter RIM

  • Once you have entered your search terms and clicked Search, click Display Search Results in order to see the results

  • From the results list, click the Full button next to each record to see the details and abstract

Once you find some appropriate dissertations in RIM, look for electronic copies for purchase via TREN or Dissertation Express:

  • Copies from TREN are less expensive

  • Try searching TREN several ways – by author’s name or partial title

If you cannot find it in either of these sources, contact us for assistance.

Note: Don't forget to try the website of the institution at which the dissertation was created. Many now have Digital Repositories and you may be able to access the item there.

For example Boston University has many Open Access resources.

Frequently-used Sources

Dissertations via the DTL The Digital Theological Library provides full-text access to 200,000 open access dissertations. Use the Advanced Search and scroll down to Content Type to choose Thesis/dissertation.

RIM: Research in Ministry Online RIM Online is an index that lists DMin and DMiss projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981. Once you find a paper in RIM, you will need to access the content via TREN, Dissertation Express, or the DTL.

TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network TREN provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows searching of 6,800 items.

ProQuest Dissertations Express and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global Use Dissertations Express to order copies. PQDT Global continues to grow its repository of 5 million graduate works each year.

ProQuest Open Access Databases Proquest Dissertations & Theses open access. Increasingly, authors are choosing to publish their work in Proquest’s Open Access program, so search here for items available by download at no cost.

EBSCO OpenDissertations Search thousands of open access dissertations.

Dissertations in WorldCat On the Advanced Search screen for WorldCat, limit the Content to Thesis/Dissertation, then search for any title or topic. A generic search for ‘religion’ yields over 100,000 results. You will need to access the content via TREN, Dissertation Express, or the DTL.


Other Sources

Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Superieur (from France)
Australian Digital Theses Program 
Caltech Theses
Center for Research Libraries foreign dissertations
Cybertesis.net University of Chile, provides access to 27,000 e-theses from 35 world universities
DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP) European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Access to 106,000 doctoral theses.
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950 to the present.
Digital Library and Archives Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.
Directory of Dissertations in Progress The Directory contains 3,804 dissertations in progress at 170 academic departments in Canada and the U.S. This is a citation database of dissertations in progress in the area of history.
Dissertation.com Dissertation.com has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (UVa) 
E-Theses (from Finland) 
EThOS (Full text of theses from the British Library. This is running in beta at the moment.)
Le Fichier central des theses (French dissertations in progress)
Index to Theses Subscription database
M.I.T. Theses
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.
OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center
PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.
Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
Rutgers Electronic Theses & Dissertations (RUetd)
TEL: theses en ligne
Theses Canada Portal Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.
Theses de l’Universite de Lyon 2 
University of Miami Electronic Theses & Dissertations
Vidyanidhi: Digital Library and E-Scholarship Portal (from India)
WorldCat.org The advanced search screen allows you to limit by Content to Thesis/Dissertation.

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