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Dissertations & Theses Online
The Dissertations and Theses database (SEE LINK BELOW) includes abstracts and full text for doctoral dissertations, and masters theses from CSULB and more than 1,000 North American and European universitie. It covers subject areas in the social sciences and the humanities. (CSULB theses and dissertations from the last six months may not be available yet.
CSULB Theses in Print
The PQDT Open database provides full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.
Search Techniques for Dissertations and Theses
A) To find theses or dissertations from a specific university, use the School Name/Code search box, plus your search terms.
B) To search for just for master's theses OR just for doctoral dissertations, use filter "Manuscript Type" near bottom of search page, plus your search terms.