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Dissertations from All Academic Institutions

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database
To find citations to dissertations from most academic institutions, use the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (log in via Databases). Full text is available online in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database for many dissertations from 1997-present. Many NSU dissertations are available in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. For more information on a center-by-center basis, see below.

For dissertations not available online, but indexed in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, there are several options for obtaining a copy:

  • Copies can be purchased directly from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses for a $32.00 charge for an unbound, paper copy.

  • For qualified NSU doctoral students only, the Document Delivery Department will purchase up to two dissertations at no cost to the student. Orders for one or both free dissertations MUST be placed through Document Delivery, not the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. To proceed, log into the ILLIAD system and indicate in the form that you are requesting your free dissertation(s).

  • Distance students and non-NSU students may use interlibrary loan (ILL) through their local library. Local NSU students may use the NSU Interlibrary Loan Department. Local NSU students, please use the ILLIAD system and indicate that you are requesting a loan. Please note that less than half of all dissertations can be obtained through the interlibrary loan (ILL) system, and can take many months to obtain.

Additional Web Sites
In addition to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database, there are numerous public Web sites that provide varying amounts of information on dissertations and theses from all over the world. Depending on the Web site, they may provide citations, abstracts and some full text. Some Web sites provide information on dissertations that are "in progress." See Dissertations/Theses Web Sites.

Dissertations from NSU, including specific NSU Schools and Centers

There are several sources for citations to NSU dissertations depending on the relevant NSU School/Center. Full-text may be available online or in the library in microfiche or print.

To conduct a general search for NSU dissertations in digital format, start in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database, pull down the search field menu, and select the School name/code field. Use the "Look up schools" link to the right of the search box to find Nova Southeastern University or, for older dissertations, Nova University.

To find additional works authored by NSU students, please refer to the information below, arranged by NSU School/Center:


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Fischler School of Education and Human Services (FSEHS)

  1. Citations and abstracts for some NSU dissertations from FSEHS may be found in the ERIC database. ERIC also includes full text for many of these dissertations. See detailed instructions on Locating dissertations in ERIC.


  2. NSU students, faculty and staff only may use the MARPs, Practicums & Applied Dissertations Database to find citations to applied dissertations. (Log in via Databases.) This database also includes full-text (PDF) for many of the more recent applied dissertations.

    Other MARPs, practicums and applied dissertations are available in microfiche only; they are not available in print. To obtain microfiche documents:

    • Local students should call the Reference Desk (954-262-4613) during reference desk hours before coming to the library to request retrieval of the microfiche. Please tell the reference librarian the name, title, and number found on your citation.

    • Distance students may request copies via the ILLIAD system.

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H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE)

  1. Find bound SBE dissertations in NovaCat. Click on the "Advanced" tab. Enter a "Subject" or "Keyword" for your topic. Scroll down to "Additional limiting options." From the "Material Type" menu, select "Dissertation." Then, click on the "Submit" button to view your results.

    Bound SBE dissertations found on the 1st floor of the Alvin Sherman Library may be checked out by NSU local students, faculty, and staff. NSU distance students may check out these dissertations through Document Delivery. Bound SBE dissertations located on the fourth floor may only be used in the library; they may not be checked out.

  2. See the SBE dissertations list for a list of all SBE dissertations available in print, sorted by year.


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Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (SCIS)

  1. Find bound SCIS dissertations in NovaCat. Click on the "Advanced" tab. Enter a "Subject" or "Keyword" for your topic. Scroll down to "Additional limiting options." From the "Material Type" menu, select "Dissertation." Then, click on the "Submit" button to view your results.

    Bound SCIS dissertations found on the 1st floor of the Alvin Sherman Library may be checked out by NSU local students, faculty, and staff. NSU distance students may check out these dissertations through Document Delivery. Bound SCIS dissertations located on the fourth floor may only be used in the library; they may not be checked out.

  2. See the SCIS dissertations list for a list of all SCIS dissertations available in print, sorted by year.


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Center for Psychological Studies (CPS)

  1. Find bound CPS dissertations in NovaCat. Click on the "Advanced" tab. Enter a "Subject" or "Keyword" for your topic. Scroll down to "Additional limiting options." From the "Material Type" menu, select "Dissertation." Then, click on the "Submit" button to view your results.

    Bound CPS dissertations found on the 1st floor of the Alvin Sherman Library may be checked out by NSU local students, faculty, and staff. NSU distance students may check out these dissertations through Document Delivery.


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Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)

  1. Find bound SHSS dissertations in NovaCat. Click on the "Advanced" tab. Enter a "Subject" or "Keyword" for your topic. Scroll down to "Additional limiting options." From the "Material Type" menu, select "Dissertation." Then, click on the "Submit" button to view your results.

    Bound SHSS dissertations found on the 1st floor of the Alvin Sherman Library may be checked out by NSU local students, faculty, and staff. NSU distance students may check out these dissertations through Document Delivery.


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