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How Do I Find Theses & Dissertations?

Borrowing Theses & Dissertations

Borrowing McMaster Theses

  • All McMaster theses in print can be borrowed with a valid McMaster identification card (e.g., McMaster faculty, staff, currently registered students, external borrowers, etc.). The availability or circulation status (e.g. checked out) of a thesis will be noted in the library catalogue.
  • Visitors wanting to borrow a McMaster thesis should submit an interlibrary loan request for the item with their local library.

Borrowing Theses from Other Institutions

  • McMaster faculty, staff and currently registered students wanting a thesis not available at McMaster libraries can submit a request for the item with interlibrary loan via RACER. NOTE: Very few libraries will lend copies of theses in their collection. If a thesis is unavailable for loan, Interlibrary Loan will contact you.

Purchasing Theses

  • Theses not available for loan or download, can usually be purchased.
  • Costs vary widely, according to supplier and format of reproduction.
  • Copies of most Ph.D. dissertations in universities in North America can be purchased via Dissertation Express, either through interlibrary loan, or as an individual. Use Proquest Dissertations & Theses A&I to find the order number, author or title of the theses you'd like to purchase.
  • Copies of international theses can usually be purchased through Interlibrary Loan from a variety of sources such as the university library involved.
  • Questions?: Please contact Interlibrary Loan.
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