University Of Michigan Dissertation Database

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
Coverage: 1861 -
Description: Indexes 90% of doctoral dissertations and some master's theses accepted each year in North America, plus thousands more from around the world. Includes free full-text (in PDF) for all U-M and Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions dissertations since 1997, as well as for selected other institutions and years.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online
Description: A database currently containing over 14,000 bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines.
Access: Open to all internet users.

WorldCat [FirstSearch]
Coverage: Current cumulative file. (Describes library-held materials dated from prehistory to the present.)
Description: Provides bibliographic and citation information for over 179 million books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, musical scores, dissertations, archival materials and much more, representing the holdings of most libraries in North America, some libraries in Europe, and the national library of Australia.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [EBSCO]
Coverage: 1967 -
Description: Indexes international scholarly literature in all genres of music, as well as music education, theory, therapy, and ethnomusicology. Currently provides verified bibliographic information with full citations and abstracts for over 600,000 records covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more. Full text is available for select items.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

PQDT, ProQuest Digital Dissertations (PQDD)

Dissertation Abstracts, Diss. Abs., Diss Abs

Index to Theses

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Indexing & authors' abstracts for most doctoral dissertations and some masters theses accepted each year in the United States and Canada (since 1861), plus thousands more from Great Britain and Ireland (since 1716), and selected other universities around the world (as far back as 1637).  Includes full-text (in PDF) of most* dissertations submitted at University of Michigan and the 14 other CIC/Big Ten Universities since 1997. 

*Two factors cause a certain percentage of dissertations not to be included:

1) Increasingly, universities are requiring that doctoral degree candidates deposit their dissertations into the university's online repository, and are changing submission to ProQuest from a requirement to an option.  For example, as of 2012, University of Michigan requires deposit of dissertations into its Deep Blue online repository, and no longer requires submission to ProQuest.  To the extent that authors elect not to submit their dissertations to ProQuest, its listings for dissertations are becoming gradually less complete over time.  (Its listings for dissertations filed at U-M have declined from being about 80% complete for 2012 to only about 25% to 20% complete for 2013 and 2014, respectively.)

2) Authors of dissertations have the right to restrict access to the full text of their dissertation from all ProQuest databases and document delivery services if they so choose.  Some publishers recommend or require blocking of access to the full text of a dissertation as a condition of publishing a revised version of a dissertation as a scholarly book.  If access to a dissertation listed in ProQuest has been restricted by the author, a notification of this appears in the full record display, to the right, above the MGet It button.

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