Access to University of Chicago Dissertations

Recent Dissertations (completed after June 2009):

We moved to Electronic Dissertations at the University of Chicago in Summer 2009, and we rely on ProQuest for access to our recent dissertations.  You'll find these recent dissertations online in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and the subset, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ University of Chicago. Records for our dissertations appear in ProQuest's dissertation database within 8-12 weeks after convocation.  Records will appear in the Library Catalog also, but this takes about a year.

If your library does not have a subscription to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text, you may purchase a dissertation from ProQuest.  Call 1-800-521-3042 or order a dissertation online.  If a University of Chicago dissertation does not appear to be available from ProQuest, please let us know, so that we may assist you.

Early Dissertations (1893-June 2009):

The Library holds a paper copy of most early University of Chicago doctoral dissertations, and those with current borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago may borrow them.  Records for our dissertations appear in the Library Catalog.  Records also appear in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and the subset, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ University of Chicago, and the full text may be available online as well, especially for dissertations completed after 1997.

If you do not have current borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago Library, you may place an interlibrary loan request for an early dissertation.  Most of our early dissertations (1893-2009) are available for interlibrary loan.

If you cannot borrow a dissertation, you may be able to buy one.  Most of our dissertations are available for purchase from ProQuest. Call 1-800-521-3042 or order a dissertation online.  If a University of Chicago dissertation does not appear to be available from ProQuest, please let us know, so that we may assist you.

For Additional Assistance:

Contact Dissertation Office staff, ask a reference librarian, or see our detailed guide, Finding University of Chicago Dissertations and Theses.