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Bethel University Library


Selected resources for education research

LibSearch Dissertation Search

Search for theses and dissertations in LibSearch

  • Searches dissertations at Bethel, partner libraries, and online


Can't find the item you were looking for?

How do I track down a specific thesis?

What if you need a particular thesis and it’s NOT freely available online? You may use interlibrary loan to request a copy 

Request a copy via ILL (Interlibrary Loan)
Note: In many cases we can acquire an electronic version, but some theses are often physically owned by only one library at the degree-granting institution. Some libraries will loan their copy, some will not. It’s always OK to try, but it’s not a sure thing that you’ll get it.

  • Find a record for the thesis in LibSearch or the WorldCat catalog. From there you can click on the Request Item button, log in with your Bethel account, and submit the form.


  • Find a record for the thesis in a Bethel database like ERIC or PsycINFO. Click on the link to Search for Bethel Libraries Full Text. Look for the link to request.
    See how to do this here.

And Last But Not Least
It's always worth trying a search engine--Google, Bing, or your favorite--using quotation marks around the title and perhaps the author's last name, if the title isn't unique--to see if the author has posted the dissertation on the web somewhere. It's surprising how often this is the case.

And for cases where you can't find a free copy, but you CAN find contact info for the author, try to get in touch with the author and ask if they'd be willing to share a copy of their thesis with you. Many people are thrilled that someone is interested in their blood-sweat-and-tears project, and would happily oblige.

Save time & stay current with Search Alerts!

An alert is a way for you to save a search and get email notification of any new records that have been found in the database that match your search criteria as new records are added. It's a great way to stay current without having to redo previous work! This works for EBSCO databases like Academic Search Premier and ERIC.

When you are in the database, set up a new account:

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Perform a search on the topic of your choice:

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Choose Alert/Save/Share and you can now choose how you would like to be notified:

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Make sure you use your Bethel e-mail account and save your alert:

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You can also choose an RSS feed and have it sent to the reader of your choice.