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How do I access Princeton University Master's and Ph.D. Dissertations?

All researchers, prior to contacting Mudd Library, should search the following platforms for the dissertation they are in need of: 

  1. For Princeton Ph.D. Dissertations from 2011 - present, please search and access via the Dataspace repository for Princeton University Doctoral Dissertations. These are accessible to everyone for free, regardless of Princeton University association.
  2. To obtain Princeton Ph.D. Dissertations from 2010 and earlier, if you are associated with an institution that has a ProQuest Library Subscription, the dissertation may be available to download for free through the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global search.
  3. If a circulating copy is available via the Princeton University Library Catalog, those within the United States and Canada who have access to a local Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) or Borrow Direct can request physical delivery through their library. 
  4. If you are not associated with an institution with a ProQuest Library Subscription, you can purchase the dissertation through ProQuest Dissertation Express.
  5. For Master’s Theses search the Princeton University Library Catalog and contact Mudd Library to discuss digitization of the original.

If the dissertation is unavailable in any of the above platforms, please contact Mudd Library to discuss digitization of the original. Mudd Library is only able to digitize those that are out of copyright or unavailable via ProQuest. In some cases we will be unable to digitize the dissertation due to an embargo placed by the student that prohibits digital access. If this is the case, the dissertation can only be viewed in the Mudd Library Reading Room after placing a request via the Princeton University Library Catalog. Copyright of the dissertations are held by the author.

Please visit our webpage on Theses & Dissertations for more information.