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How do I access Princeton University dissertations?

Beginning fall 2011, newly submitted Princeton University doctoral dissertations have been made available through Princeton’s institutional repository, DataSpace in the University Archives collection. 

  1. These full-text PDFs are freely accessible to researchers inside or outside of the Princeton University community.
  2. Note: some of the dissertations in DataSpace may be subject to a two-year embargo; until the embargo expires, these dissertations are only available for viewing in hard-copy in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library’s reading room.

Additional options for Princeton University people wanting PU dissertations:

  1. Until fall, 2011, there were normally two paper copies available, a non-circulating one in the Princeton University Archives located in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library on campus, and a circulating one in ReCAP, a remote storage facility on the Forrestal Campus. You can request the circulating copy by using the ReCAP request button in the Main Catalog or Books+. The dissertation will be brought to the library you designate. You will be sent an e-mail so you know it has arrived. This will usually occur the next weekday after you place the request.
  2. Search the Main Catalog or Books+, by author or title, to identify Princeton Ph.D. dissertations (and the relatively few master’s theses done here).  
  3. Note that catalog records for Ph.D. dissertations do not consistently indicate their subjects and/or the academic department in question. However, to identify dissertations completed in the past few decades within a specific department, you can construct a search in the Main Catalog or Books+ that contains Princeton University. Dept. [department name] [author or title keyword} as in this example: Princeton University. Dept. of English utopia
  4. To identify all Princeton Ph.D. dissertations, search ProQuest Digital Dissertations (also known as Dissertation Abstracts). Make sure to enter princeton in the School name/code field. This database will provide abstracts of dissertations beginning in 1980 and the complete dissertation text in pdf format beginning in 1997.

Additional options for people wanting PU dissertations, who are in the U.S. or Canada:

  1. Ask your own academic, corporate, or public library to attempt to borrow the circulating copy from Princeton University Library via interlibrary loan.
  2. Ask your own academic, corporate, or public library to acquire a copy for their own collections.
  3. Purchase a copy yourself from ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.

Additional options for people wanting PU dissertations, who are outside the U.S. or Canada:

  1. The Princeton University Library does not lend print Princeton Ph.D. dissertations to libraries outside the United States and Canada—with the exception of institutions that participate in the RLG SHARES program.
  2. Ask your own library to acquire a copy for their collections.
  3. Purchase a copy yourself, in any of several formats, from ProQuest Dissertation Publishing