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This guide shows you all your options for identifying and getting your hands on USC doctoral dissertations, master's theses, and Honors College theses.
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Getting it!

Dissertations & Theses@ University of South Carolina often has PDFs of full dissertations.  Check to see if the one you want is available. The earliest fulltext is from 1958.

Check the library catalog for the call number of print copies in the libraries.  We may have a circulating copy.

If the location is listed as Columbia Annex: Ask at South Caroliniana Library (Library Use Only), patrons must request retrieval of materials by contacting the South Caroliniana Library directly at sclref@mailbox.sc.edu.  Include the call number, author, and title in your message.  Requests for South Caroliniana Library's Annex materials take at least 24 hours to fill.  Materials are used only in the South Carolinana Library, and patrons must register and provide photo ID on their first visit.

 

How to search when you know . . .

There are three places to search:  the library catalog (best for the oldest materials and master's theses), Dissertations & Theses database, and USC's institutional repository Scholar Commons

 

Department

Library catalog 

Use a subject search. 

Type in:  university of south carolina theses department name

 Tip:  Type in the bare minimum for the department name.  Names change.  For example: 

   university of south carolina theses ed 

   university of south carolina theses bio

 

Dissertations & Theses@ University of South Carolina

Click on the Advanced search in Dissertations & Theses, then use the pull-down to select Department.

 

Scholar Commons Dissertations beginning in 2009 are deposited in Carolina's institutional repository.  Per agreement with the Graduate School, dissertations in Scholar Commons titles 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.

 

Author

Library catalog

Dissertations & Theses @ University of South Carolina

 Tip:  Enter the last name first

 Having trouble with a name?  Click on the Advanced search in Dissertations & Theses, then use the pull-down to select Author.  A link to Look up authors puts you into a listing.

 

Topic

Library catalog

Dissertations & Theses @ University of South Carolina

Either will work, but if you are looking for a topic Dissertations & Theses usually has an abstract so there are more words increasing your probability of finding something.

If you are searching the library catalog include theses as one of your search words.  It will limit your search to doctoral dissertations, masters theses, and Honors College theses.

 

Advisor

Dissertations & Theses@ University of South Carolina

Click on the Advanced search in Dissertations & Theses, then use the pull-down to select Advisor.

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