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Library Orientation: Education Resources

This guide will provide an overview of library services. It will also provide an introduction to library resources with a special attention given to those in the field of education.


Finding Theses & Dissertations at SDSU

Finding a Thesis or Dissertation Written at SDSU

To search for a master’s thesis written at SDSU you can search in the Library’s Catalog. 

  1. Go to the library homepage at
  2. Hover over the "Find" menu option on the top of the library’s homepage (next to the SDSU icon), and click on Library Catalog
  3. To find a thesis on a particular topic or written within a particular department limit your search to Subject (which means Library of Congress Subject Heading) and search "SDSU theses" followed by (topic or department.)  For example: SDSU theses (anthropology)

Finding a Doctoral Dissertation Written at SDSU

If you are looking for a doctoral dissertation, search the same way as above in the catalog. Limit your search to Subject but use the following search: “SDSU theses (department or discipline) doctoral”.  For example,: “SDSU theses (educational leadership) doctoral”.

Finding an Undergraduate Honor’s Project or Thesis Written at SDSU

If you are looking for an undergraduate thesis, limit your search to Subject Search for "Bachelor's thesis (University Honors Program)”. 

Note about Electronically Published Theses

SDSU student theses published after 2010 are available online.  When you find the one you want in the library catalog, the record will read View WWW version (SDSU users only). Click on this to access the online version.  

Theses in Print

Older theses are shelved in Love Library. Theses written after 2000 are shelved by department, rather than subject matter.   You can find the location of any thesis by using the call number in the library record for that thesis and by noting the floor location noted in the record.  Need help reading a call number? Check out the Library Tutorial on Understanding LC Call Numbers

Finding a Thesis Written Outside SDSU

If you want to find a thesis or dissertation written outside of the SDSU community we have a number of databases and resources to help you. One of the most useful of these is Proquest Dissertations and Theses. To use this, look under Proquest Digital Dissertations in the Databases A-Z list.