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A Guide for Searching and Citing Dissertations & Theses


"A thesis is a hypothesis or conjecture. "

"A PhD dissertation is a lengthy, formal document that argues in defense of a particular thesis. (So many people use the term ``thesis'' to refer to the document that a current dictionary now includes it as the third meaning of ``thesis'')." 

"Two important adjectives used to describe a dissertation are ``original'' and ``substantial.'' The research performed to support a thesis must be both, and the dissertation must show it to be so. In particular, a dissertation highlights original contributions. "

CS @ Purdue How to Write a Dissertation or Bedtime Reading For People Who Do Not Have Time To Sleep. (The General Idea)



Last name, F. N. (Year). Title (Doctoral dissertation or Master's Thesis).

      Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. xxxxxx)


Author Last Name, First Name. TitleMA Thesis or Diss. School, Year. 

      ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Web. day Month year of access.


Author Last Name, First Name. "Title." MA thesis or diss., School, Year. 

      ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI No. xxxxxx)

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This is an index of over 3.5 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). To the extent possible, the index is limited to records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.

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In-Library Dissertations & Theses

Lancaster Bible College & Capitol Seminary Theses and Dissertations are located:

Oversize LD 2933 .L36  ((Authors Cutter)) Year

LBC Collection LD 2933 .L36 ((Authors Cutter)) Year

For Example: Oversize LD 2933 .L36 C8 2002 

Theses & Dissertations written by Faculty and Staff are located by Subject.