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Finding Master's Papers

Some departments do not have an official thesis but instead require a major paper or report. These papers and reports are not in Davis Library or, for the most part, in the North Carolina Collection or the Libraries' online catalog. Some departments and departmental libraries have online lists. Contact the department, or, if there is one, the departmental library for information.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Master's level students in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering can opt for one of four tracks: a Master of Science degree, which requires a thesis; and the Master of Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, which require a technical report. Theses are uploaded as digital copies to the Graduate School, and technical reports are uploaded to the Carolina Digital Repository.

Public Administration
Copies of the Master of Public Administration papers from 1976-1994 are in the North Carolina Collection. For copies of papers completed since 1994, contact the Manager of the Master of Public Administration Program (Knapp-Sanders Bldg., CB# 3330, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330, Phone: 919-966-5381, Fax: 919-962-0654, Email Contact Form).

UNC-Chapel Hill Master's Paper Collection
Full-text copies of master's papers can be found:

This database contains papers completed for the following departments:

  • City & Regional Planning: Coverage from May 2002 - present
  • Information & Library Science: Coverage from May 1999 - present*
  • Maternal & Child Health: Coverage from December 2010 - present
  • Public Health & Public Health Leadership: Coverage from August 2011 - present

*Print copies from 1963 - present are available in the SILS Library.

Try to find the dissertation online:

First, check the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database to see if it is available in full text. Dissertations from 1997 to present are available in full text from ProQuest. In addition, most Dartmouth dissertations from 1993 to the present will be available online in ProQuest.  You may find some pre-1997 dissertations in ProQuest as well.

Dissertations may also be available at no cost from the issuing institution's website. In addition to checking their web site, try using  search tools such as Google Scholar or the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.

If you still haven't found the dissertation, try checking ROAR to see if the university where the dissertation was written has a digital repository. If it does, try searching the repository for the thesis or dissertation.

Find out if the dissertation was published

Some dissertations are subsequently published by academic presses. A quick way to find out is by searching for the author in WorldCat. Remember, the title of the published book may be different than the dissertation.

Requesting Dissertations:

If the dissertation was submitted to one of the Ivies, try requesting it through Borrow Direct.

Foreign dissertations are often available at the Center for Research Libraries. If you find the dissertation you need in the CRL Dissertation Catalog, you can request it through DartDoc.

All other requests for dissertations should be made through DartDoc.

  • The Library will first try to borrow the dissertation directly from the holding institution.
  • If it is unavailable for loan, the Library will try to purchase an electronic copy from a commercial supplier, such as ProQuest.
  • The average cost for a dissertation is $32.  Any costs exceeding $35 will be chargeable to you, provided that you agree to  move forward with the purchase and pay the additional charges.

See also the Library's Research Guide for Dissertations & Theses.

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