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Dissertations and Theses

USC Dissertations & Theses
Online access is limited to current students, faculty and staff of the university, with the exception of Open Access dissertations and theses which are available for download in Scholar Commons.

Physical copies can be borrowed under the same policies as books from the library's collections.

Dissertations & Theses from Other Institutions
If the item you are searching for is not in the global database, you can search for an open access copy. Many universities have their own institutional repositories where open access work is available for download. Also, USC Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and can request dissertations through interlibrary loan.

USC Honors College Theses
The Honors College Senior Thesis is required for graduation from the University with Honors.

Search Tips for Finding Dissertations & Theses

  • Author search
    • ​Start with last name first, e.g., Miller, Jane
    • Try different variations such as with or without middle initial
    • In the ProQuest databases, use the Look Up Authors feature
  • Department search
    • Name may have changed over time, e.g., Biology to Biological Sciences
  • Topic search
    • Keyword searches will be most effective in the ProQuest databases or Scholar Commons
    • Focus your results in the ProQuest databases by changing the pull-down box from Anywhere to search Anywhere except full text
    • If a work is not accessible in these sources, try a title search in Find It @ USC Libraries to find a physical copy