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MSW--Graduate Social Work Guide: Dissertations

Locating Dissertations

Dissertations may be found using a variety of search tools:

1. Licensed research databases such as ProQuest Dissertations and Theses*

2. Institutional Repositories, such as those in the Digital Commons that include dissertations with "Social Work" as a subject

*Dissertations are not all available in full text, except through an institutional repository and/or ProQuest Dissertations. To find out if the dissertation is available full text through an institution's repository, type the title and author's name in Google or search ProQuest Dissertations. If the dissertation is not available in full text online, you will need to request the item through the interlibrary loan service of the library. If requesting via Interlibrary Loan, In the majority of cases, the dissertation will be scanned and sent to your email. 

Use of Dissertations

Dissertations are useful resources for a number of reasons: 1) To review the Methodology section for insight on types of studies and application of statistical tests, 2) review of instruments used and applied in a particular setting, 3) review of Results and Discussion sections, especially identifying the limitations of the study and recommendations for future research, and 4) the References section provides a wealth of additional sources to consult for one's own research.