Find Dissertation Abstracts

Dissertations Abstracts Online
SUBJECTS:Dissertations/Theses - All subjects

The Dissertations Abstracts Online database is no longer offered.  To search for digital dissertations and theses, you can use the following three databases:

  • Digital Dissertations and Theses Database, Humanities and Social Sciences Section from ProQuest. The database is comprised of over 900,000 digitized dissertations in a variety of subject areas including Education, Art, Communications, Literature, Linguistics and Social Sciences. 

Restricted to CSULA Users
  • WorldCat Dissertations/Theses database  It indexes dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. Many of these are available electronically, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution. The database contains over 5 million records dating back to 1540.

Restricted to CSULA Users
  • ProQuest Open Access Dissertations and Theses (PQDT)  The database provides full text open access to dissertations and theses that the authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access items.

Not Restricted to CSULA Users


ProQuest Dissertations & Theses offers five Look ups or browsable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a subject name. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields: Author, Advisor, Subjectname, Index term and School name. For a description of these fields, please see the Searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link). 

To use and locate a Look up or browsable index, select the field from the Advanced Search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to the Look up. Other Look ups and browsable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the Advanced Search page.

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

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