If you are not affiliated with the University of Chicago, check with your local library to determine what databases and borrowing options are available to you. Many college and university libraries subscribe to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text. If you have access, connect to the dissertation database from your library's website and then go to the Advanced Search page. You can search for University of Chicago dissertations by entering 0330 in the School name/code--SCH field. You might also search WorldCat to see if the dissertation you need is held by a nearby library.
The University of Chicago Library will lend most University of Chicago dissertations and theses deposited before Summer 2009. See the Library's Interlibrary Loan lending policies to learn more about borrowing material.
Copies of most University of Chicago dissertations and some early theses may be purchased through ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. Call 1-800.521.3042 or order a dissertation online.
If ProQuest does not have a copy of one of our doctoral dissertations, please contact the University of Chicago Dissertation Office.
All Stanford dissertations and theses are listed in SearchWorks. (From the home page, click the “Dissertations & theses” link under Featured resources. Limit any search result by selecting "Thesis/Dissertation” under Genre in the left column.)
Most Stanford dissertations written between 1989 and 2009 are available as PDFs from Proquest. You can access these directly from Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford or from the Searchworks record.
If the thesis or dissertation was filed in a digital format (this option was available starting in November 2009) it may not be indexed in the Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford database, but it will be available through a direct link in the SearchWorks record and from Google. If the student opted for embargo restrictions, some of or the entire dissertation may not be available for up to five years after the submission date.
You can submit a request to view a print copy of a dissertation in the Special Collections & University Archives department (library use only). The SearchWorks record will indicate if there is a circulating print copy that you can check out.
You can purchase copies of Stanford dissertations completed before 2010 via UMI Dissertation Express from ProQuest.