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Dissertations and Theses: Access/Order a Thesis or Dissertation

Resources available to help locate dissertations and theses.


UI doctoral dissertations approved since January 1, 1952 and electronic theses and dissertations approved since January 1, 2003 are available for purchase from Dissertation Express, a product of ProQuest.  You may choose from either unbound, shrink-wrapped print copies or PDF files.

Embargo information

The Graduate College has information for graduates who wish to extend or add an embargo to their electronic thesis or dissertation.

Permission to Digitize your Thesis or Dissertation

Theses and dissertations previously submitted in print will be digitized with permission of the author or copyright holder. The University Libraries encourages graduates to provide this permission so that their work can reach the widest possible audience. If you would like to grant this permission to the University Libraries, please use this form. Theses and dissertations will be digitized as time allows and will not become immediately accessible.

Borrowing print

Theses and dissertations circulate to UI patrons like other books.  Since some are held in branch libraries, the libraries annex and storage, it is best to check the online catalog for location and availability information and check the hours the library building is open.  If you are not able to check-out the item in person, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is an option.  Contact the ILL department at your local public, college, or university library and have them submit an interlibrary loan request from the University of Iowa. 

Accessing electronic

Iowa Research Online:  UI electronic theses and dissertations published online since 1999 may be accessed here.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database:  Full-text access to University of Iowa titles listed in ProQuest's database, dated from 1861 to the present, is available at  Access is limited to users affiliated with the University of Iowa.

Titles not held at University of Iowa Libraries

If a dissertation or thesis is not available online or at the University of Iowa Libraries and you are affiliated with the University of Iowa, please place a request through Interlibrary Loan.  They will try to borrow a print copy from another library.

Andrea Terrones Anderson

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Andrea Anderson
University of Iowa Libraries
100 Main Library
Subjects: Rhetoric