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Resources for students and faculty in all departments of the Drake University School of Education

Citing What You Find

Education Databases


Learn about SuperSearch

Find Journals

This form allows you to browse the tables of contents of scholarly journals and choose full text articles. To search for articles across multiple journal titles, use SuperSearch.

Getting Dissertations

Once you have identified a dissertation and would like a copy, I recommend the following five steps:

  1. Google the title, or part of the title, of the dissertation. Many writers of dissertations post theirs online, or post useful portions.
  2. Write to the author. Usually you can find their email address with a Google search. Many authors are happy to share their dissertations, or maybe just parts of them.
  3. Request it via Interlibrary Loan. Some schools do not lend these out, but many do.
  4. Check for it as a book. Many dissertations do get re-published as books. These can be successfully requested through ILL when the dissertation wasn't.
  5. Search ProQuest Dissertations. Find the dissertation you want. If the above steps fail, decide if you want to pay for the download.  If you do, it's a purchase, not a loan, so you do get to keep it forever.


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