How To Find Dissertations On Google

All UW-Madison dissertations and theses required by the department for submission to the library are cataloged in the Library Catalog. If you do not find a dissertation or thesis in the Library Catalog, contact the department. Full-text PDF files of UW-Madison doctoral dissertations completed 1997 or later are available through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.

Locating UW-Madison Dissertations & Theses

  • In the Library Catalog
    • In the Library Catalog advanced search, click Manuscripts, Theses from the list of facets on the right.
    • Enter an author, title, and/or year search terms.
    • Click Search.
  • In Library Databases
    • Proquest Dissertations & Theses index and full text to dissertations and theses from over 700 academic institutions around the world
    • Most pre-1997 UW-Madison dissertations and theses have been scanned as part of the Google Digitization Project. Digitized copies have been deposited in Hathi Trust, a repository for the digitized collections of major research institutions and libraries. When available, Library Catalog records contain links to Hathi Trust and Google Books. Content in the public domain is available full text.

Borrowing UW-Madison Dissertations & Masters Theses

UW-Madison dissertations and theses from 1965-present are stored in the Theses collection in the basement of Memorial Library. UW-Madison dissertations and theses from 1892-1964 are located in the UW-Madison Shelving Facility. UW-Madison master’s theses are not available for check out; they may be viewed in a library.

Now, dissertations and theses are more discoverable than ever. Authors can now choose to make their scholarly work more widely available through the power of the internet. With effective search strategies many graduate works can be found on-line. Search engines (e.g., Bing, Yahoo, Google and Google Scholar) crawling the internet can deliver relevant search results, including dissertations and theses. ProQuest has an explicit arrangement with Google Books, allows indexing and searching across bibliographic data for graduate works published in 2007 and forward.

  • Search Engines: For authors who have chosen to make their work available via search engines, searches will retrieve basic metadata for each graduate work (title, author, abstract, keywords, etc), and include links to ProQuest for purchase or access. See an example of such a record here ( For work published open access via ProQuest Open Access Publishing PLUS, the works can be downloaded at no cost. See an example of such a record here These new dissemination avenues broaden author exposure beyond the traditional research community.
  • Google Books: In the cases where authors allow access via search engines to their work, Google Books provides a preview of up to 20% of a dissertation or thesis. Viewers can peruse any section of a dissertation. See what authors say about Google Books here:

Excluded Works: Canadian graduate works published prior to 2011 are not included. Also excluded are works that are temporarily embargoed or restricted at an author's request.

What about Open Access and free institutional access?

Our efforts through search engines and Google Books are focused on expanding the availability of dissertations and theses beyond the scholarly community. Obviously, this is not intended to substitute for the kinds of liberal and/or free access that researchers normally have to dissertations and theses through institutional subscriptions to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database.

And of course, dissertations and theses published under our Open Access Publishing Plus option will be available for immediate, full-text download from ProQuest's PQDT Open web site (

What if I change my mind about search engine access?

  • ProQuest allows several ways to restrict access, in whole or in part. Graduate authors who prefer not to have their work discoverable via search engines can direct ProQuest's Author and School Relations staff to place a restriction on their graduate work. This would restrict search engine access while allowing distribution to the academic community through our traditional, direct channels.
  • Graduate authors who have reasons to more fully restrict the distribution of their work should work with their graduate school and the ProQuest Dissertation Author and University Relations staff at the time of submission to arrange embargo or restriction.

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