Learn how to search for dissertations in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Video Transcript:

The ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database contains information about doctoral dissertations and master’s theses including: citations for dissertations beginning in 1861, abstracts for dissertations published from 1980 forward, and full-text from 1997 on.  These dissertations and theses come from a world-wide variety of universities including Nova Southeastern University.

Let’s say I’d like to find a dissertation about the relationship between traffic stops and racial profiling. That means I want to find dissertations that have the key words traffic stops AND racial profiling.

I’ll start by typing “traffic stops” into the first search box.  Notice that if I have a phrase with more than one word, I can use quotation marks to tell the database to keep these words next to each other when I search.

Now, I’ll move down to the next box and type “racial profiling.”  I connect these two concepts with the word AND because I want dissertations that mention both of my concepts “traffic stops” AND “racial profiling.”

If you can think of any synonyms for your terms add them to the search box with the word OR. Using ORs will make your search broader, and you will get more results.

Consider checking off the doctoral dissertations box if you would like to view only doctoral dissertations. Then click search.

Once you have results, hover over the preview button to learn more about each dissertation or click on the Full text- PDF link to view the entire dissertation.

On the right you will see options to narrow down your results including by university and by publication date.

As an NSU student you may have the opportunity to submit your finished dissertation to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database.  Please consult with your individual college for requirements.

Remember, if you have any questions, please ask a librarian for assistance.