February 28th, 2008

Searching for a Dissertation?

Whenever I go to a colloquium I am asked about finding dissertations. You may want to find them for a variety of reasons:

  • Get a feel for the organization and scope of a dissertation
  • Use the literature review section to find more resources
  • Find inspiration for a dissertation topic in the suggestions for future research
  • See what topics or research methods are popular in the field

So, where can you find dissertations?

The Capella Library has the Dissertations and Theses Full Text database from ProQuest. It contains the full text of 600,000 dissertations, including Capella dissertations.

Searching for dissertations is a lot like searching for journal articles. You’ll pick your keywords and refine your search as you go along. You can even search just for Capella dissertations. In the More Search Options area you can search for Capella in the School name/code.


If you are having trouble finding dissertations, you may need to try a broader search. There are far more journal articles in the world than there are dissertations, so you may not find a dissertation on your exact topic.

Still having trouble? Ask a Librarian.



Comment from Earnadette Farrar
Time May 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

I want to look at some dissertations for mental health that was completed by Capella students to give me an idea of what I am looking for.

Comment from Ali A. Mahmoudi
Time February 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hi there,

I would like to look at dissertations for “Mind, Brain and Education” that was completed by Capella students to give me an idea of what I am looking for.

Best regards,
Ali A. Mahmoudi

Comment from kstaley
Time February 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Hi Ali,
Are you a current Capella learner? I wasn’t able to find you in our system. If you are a learner, please contact us through our Ask A Librarian request form so that we can provide you with a response that will include a step-by-step search strategy and screenshots.

Instruction Librarian

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