How to Find Dissertations and Theses
Department Codes for Dissertations
Old Dominion University Dissertations and Theses
Use Dissertations & Theses Full Text to find ODU dissertations and theses available online. A subset of this database is Dissertations & Theses @ ODU, which allows you to access the citations and abstracts of all ODU student dissertations and theses, as well as the full text in PDF format, when available.
Use the online library catalog to find Old Dominion University dissertations and theses located on the 4th floor of Perry Library and available for checkout, or archived in Special Collections. Search by AUTHOR or TITLE.
You may also use the library catalog to browse all theses and dissertations written for a department. Type the following as a title search:
In the General Collection, all dissertations and theses are shelved on the 3rd floor under LD4331, followed by a decimal point and a department code (shown at left). For example, HISTORY is found under LD4331.H47.
Dissertations Written For Other Universities
Use Dissertations and Theses Full Text to find more than 600,000 full-text doctoral dissertations and master's theses. This database also indexes dissertations and theses back to 1861.
If the University Library has purchased a pysical copy of a dissertation or a thesis written for another university, it will be listed in the online catalog under the author's name or under the title, as any other book is listed. Keep in mind that some dissertations are reprinted by commercial publishers and made available as books.
Obtaining Dissertations Not Available at Perry Library
Use WorldCat to identify dissertations and theses and to find out which library owns them.
Old Dominion University students, faculty, and staff may inquire in the Interlibrary Loan Office (757) 682-4170 to see whether the dissertation can be borrowed from another library.
Patrons not affiliated with Old Dominion University must use the interlibrary loan service at their own university, public, or other affiliated library. To purchase a dissertation from University Microforms International, call 1-800-521-3042 to order a copy with a major credit card.