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FAQS: How do I find Dissertations and Theses through WKU Libraries?

How can I find a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation?

  1. WKU Libraries subscribes to the Dissertations and Theses Full Text database, the largest collection of dissertations available. You can also check NDLTD – Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. This is a free online resource providing access to over a million theses and dissertations from all over the world.

  2. You can also search our One-Search Catalog and filter your results: enter your search terms, then choose "Dissertations" from the filters on the right of the results list. 


How would I find a thesis or dissertation written by a WKU student?

To find paper copies of a dissertation or thesis written by a WKU student or scholar, use the One-Search Library Catalog. Enter the title of the work in the search box, or go to the advanced search and add both the title and the author(s) of the work.

Most WKU dissertations and theses can be found in electronic format on TopSCHOLAR, WKU’s institutional repository. This is where the library collects student, staff, and faculty research and creative works.  There are several ways to search for student theses and dissertations on TopSCHOLAR:

  1. From the TopSCHOLAR home page: choose “Colleges, Departments, Units” in the “Browse” menu in the left hand side bar.  Within that collection, choose the “Graduate School” community. Communities are arranged alphabetically.  Select “Dissertations" or "Masters Theses and Specialist Projects." Contents are arranged by year. 
  2. When you know the author: use the “Authors” link under the browse list in the left hand side bar of the homepage, which will take you to an alphabetical listing of all authors included in TopSCHOLAR.
  3. When you know the title: Use the search box on top of the left hand column of the homepage, selecting a series of worfs from the titles (put the words in quotation marks for best results).

To get help using TopSCHOLAR, contact the Library Reference Desk at (270) 745-6125, or Todd Seguin, Scholarly Communication Specialist, at (270) 745-6160.


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