All UW-Madison dissertations and theses required by the department for submission to the library are cataloged in the Library Catalog.
If you do not find a dissertation or thesis in the Library Catalog, contact the department.
These repositories make it possible to at least search for bibliographic records associated with particular dissertations using a general search engine such as Google/Google Scholar, and in many cases, to access them directly as well.
Some good examples of these include the IUScholar Works Repository (Indiana University), Iowa Research Online (University of Iowa), and the UA Campus Repository (University of Arizona).
UW-Madison dissertations and theses from 1892-1964 are located in the UW-Madison Shelving Facility.
UW-Madison master’s theses are not available for check out; they may be viewed in a library.
We are providing a FREE library service which allows anyone who has written a thesis, dissertation or paper to publish their abstract (summary of not more than A4 page) online and thus making it available to the whole internet community.
Google and Yahoo (plus other main search engines) will index your abstract within a few days and other users would be able to read your abstract from all over the world when they search in search engines.
Most of these are intuitively familiar to readers – the book written by a single author, the edited collection of essays by several, the individual chapter in a collection, the article in a scholarly journal. In the Western academic tradition (which, granted, has largely been adopted by academic institutions all over the world), the culmination of a graduate program, whether at the doctoral or master’s level, is a major piece of original scholarly writing that can conceivably be published as a stand-alone book.
But, one format that many readers may not be as familiar with is the Ph. Doctoral programs always or virtually always require one, in addition to coursework and an oral examination, and many master’s programs (though by no means all) do as well.