Using dissertations in research can help you determine the scope of what has been done and what niche you can fill. Click here to find the easiest ways to get this information.
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Dissertations in GIL
The UGA Libraries own all the dissertations done here. Since 1999 all dissertations are required to be in electronic format. You can search for dissertations in GIL by using the keyword search. Dissertations written in or since 1999 will be available in full-text. Start with the Books & More tab on the Libraries' Homepage
To search in GIL-FIND (Advanced Search)
For dissertations written before 1999
Dissertations in Electronic Theses & Dissertations
This is a GALILEO database and is ONLY for UGA theses & dissertations and only for those available in electronic format. Use the Precision Search and fill in the boxes using the guidelines provided above.
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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses covers dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. Approximately 47,000 new dissertations and 12,000 new theses are added to the database each year. It selectively covers masters theses, Canadian dissertations, British, and other international dissertations. Abstracts are included for dissertations beginning July 1980 and for masters theses beginning spring 1988. For dissertations done in 1997 and later, full text in PDF form of some titles is available.
Looking for "how to" books on dissertation writing? Here's one search that may help:
In GIL-FIND Advanced search, search for
Any: dissertation OR "academic writing" [next box down] AND any :"how to" OR write OR writing
You can re-sort the results by date or author or title.
With GIL-FIND you can easily send the results to your citation manager.