Where are they located?
- From 1997 on, AU theses and dissertations are available through ProQuest (off-campus access restricted to current AU students, staff and faculty)
- Almost all AU theses and dissertations are available on microfilm or microfiche on the lower level of the library. You must request the thesis or dissertation by thesis number.
- If there is no microform copy, often a duplicate print copy is available from the University Archives.
How do I get the thesis number?
- All AU theses and dissertations are listed in the WRLC Libraries Catalog.
- For a particular thesis, search by title or author.
- To search by topic:
- Search by keyword
- In the search box, type your search string and add the following phrase
- AND thesis AND "american university"
Can I use the Archival copy?
- It is expected that researchers will use either the online, microform or duplicate print copies of the dissertations and theses.
- If a researcher needs to use the archival copy for unusual reasons, such as the researcher has a disability that makes use of microform impossible, permission must be requested from the University Archivist (202-885-3255).
- Once the request is granted, it takes 72 hours to retrieve the materials from an off-site storage facility. They can then be used on-site in the Archives reading room, Monday-Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
What about finding a Masters thesis project?
- SOC, Art, and Performing Arts sometimes require a thesis-like project that is not actually a thesis.
- Thesis projects are not collected by the library.
- The individual departments maintain the collections of their thesis projects.
I am from another institution. Can I borrow your theses and dissertations through Interlibrary Loan?
- We lend microform copies only.
- Please see the instructions on borrowing through interlibrary loan.
Help! I'm still confused.
- You can get Help in person from the Reference Desk.
- You can call the Reference Desk at (202) 885-3238.
- You can email the Electronic Reference Desk
- You can IM us or send us a text message
How do I find dissertations written on a particular topic?
- Use the database Dissertations and Theses.
- If you need Help with the search, contact the Reference Desk at (202) 885-3238
- Email the Electronic Reference Desk
- IM or text us
I found one I want, how do I get it?
If you need it quickly:
- Your best bet is to go to the Library of Congress and use their copy.
If you do not need it quickly:
- Interlibrary Loan may be able to borrow a copy for you.
If you want your own copy:
- Talk to Interlibrary Loan about ordering a copy. You save money by buying it through our Interlibrary Loan Department. You must come prepared to write a check.
If you do not want your own copy:
- See if Interlibrary Loan can borrow a copy for you.
- Go to Library of Congress and use their copy.
- Visit the library of the school that the author attended and use the archival copy.
Help!I'm still confused.
- You can call Interlibrary Loan at (202) 885-2779