Connect to ProQuest Digital Dissertations

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (formerly known as Digital Dissertations) allows users to search for dissertations and theses from over 1,000 North American and European universities.

Titles from the CIC institutions published 1997 to present are available without charge to current U of M students, staff, and faculty:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Indiana University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

To identify full text works, you can check the "Limit results to: Full text documents only" box inside Proquest Dissertations & Theses, and look for the FREE DOWNLOAD button. Alternatively, you can choose to search a subset of the PDT database called Dissertations & Theses @ CIC Institutions (via the "Databases selected" menu).

Please note that very recent U of M dissertations may not appear in ProQuest until several weeks after the MNCAT record for the thesis appears. For dissertations from other institutions, the first twenty-four pages can be displayed free of charge.

Borrowing options: You can request a loan of a dissertation by using the University Libraries Interlibrary Loan Web form or WorldCat.

To borrow a dissertation through Interlibrary Loan:

Using Proquest Digital Dissertations

  1. Find the citation in Proquest Digital Dissertations
  2. From the Interlibrary Loan page, login to your ILLiad account. New users can complete a one-time registration to set up an account.
  3. Click on Request a Thesis
  4. Fill out the form. Include the Digital Dissertations publication number (AAT...)
  5. Click Submit Request. A confirmation message will appear. Note: In most cases, only the granting institution holds a copy of the dissertation. If the item is on the shelf, print dissertations held at a Big Ten Library will arrive within about a week. If the item is held elsewhere, it may take two weeks. You will be notified if the material does not circulate or if it is already checked out. ILL cannot recall dissertations.

Using WorldCat

  1. From University Libraries web site select Catalogs
    Select WorldCat
  2. Search by author, title, or keyword; select record
  3. Click on Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad (found below Get This Item)
  4. Log in to your ILLiad account
  5. Click Submit Request. A confirmation message will appear

Purchasing options:

  • via Proquest Digital Dissertations: after you locate the citation, use the OrderNow function. Prices vary depending upon format.
  • via Dissertation Express (for individual researchers):
  • directly from UMI Dissertation Hotline, call 800-521-3042