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About this Guide

Dissertations and theses can be found through a variety of online collections and pages, as well as in print bibliographic resources.  While "thesis" is sometimes used interchangeably with "dissertation", particularly in European contexts, in the United States the thesis generally marks the end of a master's degree program, while the dissertation completes a doctoral degree.  This guide will provide an overview for locating dissertations and theses (of both kinds) at Emory and beyond.  The "Helps" tab provides a few additional resources for the time when you're writing your own thesis or dissertation.

Dissertations and Theses at Emory

Pitts Theology Library holds theses from students in Candler's M.T.S., Th.M., M.Div., and Th.D. programs.  Dissertations from the Graduate Division of Religion are housed in Woodruff Library.

  • Emory Dissertations and Theses in the Catalog  
    You can search for Candler's theses and dissertations as follows:
    1. Use the phrase, Theses & Dissertations, Candler School of Theology (with & and ,) to locate items housed here. Doing just this will retrieve a long list from multiple programs.
    2. Enter the program of interest to find matching submissions. So, for example, to find Th.D. submissions, type: Th.D. in the second search box.
  • Emory University Electronic Theses and Dissertations for Religion
    Emory's ETD program collects presents electronic copies of dissertations and theses completed at Emory. This link provides direct access to submitted graduate theses and dissertations in the category of religion. Search by other program areas to find related areas of interest. From 2008, theses and dissertations for Laney Graduate School will be stored electronically only.
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    Doctoral dissertations from Emory are submitted to ProQuest for this database of North American dissertations completed since 1861. Master's theses are sent at the author's discretion.
  • North European Theological Disserations in Special Collections
    Pitts' special collections in the area of North European theological dissertations includes over 11,000 items from the 16th-20th centuries. Items are included in the library catalog. See the "Finding Early Theological Dissertations" box at right for print resources that will assist with locating some of these works.
  • Guide to Dissertations at Emory and beyond
    This Woodruff Library guide provides information about locating dissertations at Emory, as well as providing some country-specific resources for locating materials.

Candler Thesis Instructions

Searching Online for Dissertations and Theses

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses with Full-Text
    This database covers dissertations accepted in the U.S. since 1861, and offers selective coverage of master's theses and international dissertations. It also includes full-text access to 1.2 million dissertations. It's a good place to start.
  • Australian Digital Theses Program
  • American History Association's Directory of History Dissertations  
    This database contains history dissertations both completed and in progress. Limit by year, institution, graduate advisor, keyword, and author's last name.
  • Center for Research Libraries Dissertation Search
    Use the "Dissertations" tab to locate dissertations completed outside the U.S. and Canada, primarily from the 19th and early 20th c. Over 800,000 dissertations are included, and German-language materials predominate. Use the "Digital" tab to limit your search to items available online.
  • Cybertheses
    Provides access to collections of French- and Spanish-language theses.
  • DART-Europe e-Theses Portal
    Includes more than 100,000 full-text theses from over 200 European institutions. Limit by language, institution, country, and date range.
  • Dissonline
    A database of electronic dissertations from the German and Swiss National Libraries.
  • Doctoral Dissertations on Mission Since 1900
    This database pulls information from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, and has expanded to include dissertations that discuss Christianity outside of the West in addition to those that discuss missions.
  • Index to Theses in Great Britain and Ireland
    Includes more than 500,000 theses completed in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716, including contents of 32 digital repositories. Look for the Link to Full-Text button in the bottom left of the green bar by an entry for full-text retrieval options.
    This tool, initiated in January 2010, seeks to be an international repository providing free access to all dissertations and theses. Authors may directly upload their work or universities may add collections branded with the school's logo.
  • PhD Data: Doctoral Dissertations in Progress
    This database is a user-contributed collection of PhD dissertations in progress. Search here to see areas that are currently being researched.
  • Research in Ministry (RIM)
    RIM indexes D.Min. and D.Miss. theses from participating theology schools accredited by the Assocation for Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981.
    SUDOC is a cooperative catalog of more than 3000 French institutions. Use the Advanced Search to limit your findings to dissertations.
  • Theses Canada
    A collection of more than 300,000 Canadian theses, including 50,000 available electronically. All theses are available for interlibrary loan or purchase.
  • TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network
    TREN collects information about master's level, D.Min., and doctoral theses and dissertations from Christian colleges and theological schools. See for a list of schools included. Indexed items are available for purchase.
  • WorldCat
    Using the Advanced Search and the "Subtype Limits" area, you can limit results to dissertations and theses. You can further limit items that are housed in the Emory Libraries (note that this is not the same as limiting to items produced by Emory students).
  • Institutional Listings  
    Many theological faculties list recently completed dissertations on their departmental pages, in discussing their programs, or in affiliated publications. For example, Fordham lists recently completed dissertations on a page of the Theology Department, Yale lists some in its discussion of the Ph.D. program in Theology, and Harvard provides summaries in the fourth issue of the Harvard Theological Review each year.

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Print Guides to Dissertations and Theses

For guides to using these resources, see our guide to using print reference materials.

Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Issue 2-3 (September) of each volume constitutes the Elenchus Bibliographicus, which lists items published in the year prior. These volumes are labeled as the INDEX volume in the periodical stacks. See our guide to using Elenchus Bibliographicus. Dissertations are included along with books and articles.

Elenchus of Biblica
Call Number: THEOLOGY REF. MEZZ.: Z7770 .E63
Published annually by the Editrice Pontifico Istituto Biblico, the Elenchus of Biblica covers biblical studies, exegetical history and uses, as well as archaeology. It includes some dissertations.

Revue Theologique de Louvain
ISBN: 0080-2654
The final issue of each volume contains an index to doctoral dissertations in theology, religious history, and canon law presented during the year.

Finding Early Theological Dissertations

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