University Libraries

Obtaining Dissertations & Theses: Instructions & Options for BGSU Faculty, Staff, & Students

Electronic Copy (no fee):

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD): The ETD Center is a free, online database of Ohio’s masters theses and doctoral dissertations from participating OhioLINK member schools.   Authors, university affiliation, and abstracts are all indexed and searchable. Dates of coverage vary from institution to institution.  BGSU dissertations and theses published in Fall 2005 or after can be accessed via the BGSU Theses and Dissertations page in the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD). (Exception: MFA program in Creative Writing are still in print.)

Dissertation Abstracts (Proquest): Dissertation Abstracts contains more than 2 million entries for doctoral dissertations and master's theses.  BGSU dissertations are available through this database in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) from 1997 to the present at no charge.  

OhioLINK's Worldwide ETD Search:  This is a global index of freely available electronic theses and dissertations, provided by major ETD collections around the world. This index lets you search for information about each ETD (“metadata,” including authors, titles, and abstracts). It does not search the full text of the ETDs.

Additional Online Dissertation Collections:A number of smaller electronic dissertation collections with selective coverage exist online, some covering specific subject areas. 

Paper Copy:

BGSU Libraries Catalog :  The Jerome Library owns print and microfilm copies of all of the dissertations produced at BGSU prior to Fall 2005 and a small number of selected titles from other institutions. You can locate them in the BGSU Libraries Catalog using standard author, title, and keyword searching.

OhioLINK Catalog :  If a dissertation is located that is available at another institution, use the patron request feature to request the item. It will be delivered in 2-4 business days at no charge.

Interlibrary Loan:  If no OhioLINK institution owns the dissertation, you may request that our Interlibrary Loan Office try to borrow a copy from another institution. To make this request, use ILLiad. The Interlibrary Loan office will try to locate a copy to borrow (minimum 2 weeks).

Purchase a Copy:

Dissertation Abstracts (Proquest): Dissertations from 1997 forward are available electronically in a variety of formats through Dissertation Abstracts. The most economical format is a PDF for $37.00. Follow the "order a copy" link in the database to make a credit card purchase.  

Formats and prices as of August 2012 are:

  • $37.00 PDF (immediate download)
  • $39.00 Unbound Paper Copy
  • $46.00 Microfilm
  • $51.00 Microfiche
  • $54.00 Softcover Paper Copy
  • $70.00 Hardcover Paper Copy

Questions or Comments?  Contact
Linda Rich, Reference Coordinator