Theses & Dissertations

Search for theses by Georgia Tech authors

All Georgia Tech theses and dissertations are available electronically through the Georgia Tech institutional repository, SMARTech. Theses and dissertations published 2004 to the present are openly accessible. Those published prior to 2004 are available to the Georgia Tech community only, unless permission to make them openly available has been given by the author (to grant permission to release your work worldwide, contact the SMARTech Team).

Georgia Tech dissertations can also be searched via the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ Georgia Institute of Technology database. Electronic full-text of Georgia Tech-authored dissertations is available from 1997 to 2012, as well as for some 1950-1997 dissertations.

Doctoral students may elect to submit their dissertations to ProQuest Dissertation Abstracts for processing and distribution. Authors choosing this option may access the ProQuest Dissertation Publishing – Authors  site for more information or to obtain the appropriate agreement form.  Authors can also reach ProQuest Dissertation Publishing at disspub@proquest.com.

Request a Georgia Tech Thesis or Dissertation

For those not affiliated with Georgia Tech, please contact us at customersupport@library.gatech.edu for information on obtaining a copy of a thesis or dissertation that is not openly available in SMARTech.

Georgia Tech Policy & Copyright

Electronic submission of theses and dissertations has been mandatory since spring 2004. All degree candidates must submit their final work electronically. Georgia Institute of Technology policy states that Doctoral and Master's Theses must be openly published and that Georgia Tech is granted a non-exclusive license to distribute and preserve the materials for educational purposes. Students must submit the SMARTech Repository Agreement form when submitting all theses and dissertations. Upon the request of the student and with the consent of the student's advisor, an ETD can routinely be withheld from circulation for one year.

Research arrangements that would preclude publication for an extended time or permanently for reasons of national security or a sponsor's proprietary interest, however, are not appropriate for dissertations or theses. It is anticipated that all doctoral work and a significant amount of master's research will be published in the open, refereed literature.

By signing the SMARTech deposit license, authors do not give up the copyright to their work and do not give up the right to submit the work to publishers or share it with other repositories or individuals.

If a thesis or dissertation contains third-party materials (quotations, images, graphs, photographs, audio or video files, other excerpts, etc.) for which the author does not hold copyright, the author must represent that he or she has obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant the deposit license to GT and GTRC.

Theses & Dissertations by other authors

If you would like to borrow or order a theses or dissertation from the sources below, please complete an ILLiad Interlibrary Loan request, specifying whether you would like to borrow a copy or purchase a copy to keep.

Contains abstracts of doctoral dissertations and some masters theses from all accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities. You may search Dissertations and Theses for specific dissertations or by topic. To identify which international universities are included, click advanced search and the school index tab. Some dissertations and theses offer a preview option of the first 24 pages.

Theses and dissertations done by students, who are also in the military or who have conducted federally funded contract research, are indexed in the NTIS database.

All university libraries classify and catalog their own school’s dissertations and theses. Just as you can find all Georgia Tech theses and dissertations in our catalog, you would find other universities’ thesis and dissertations in their own library catalogs.

Worldcat is a compendium of library catalogs. Here in one place you can search for dissertations from every major university if the United States and many non-U.S. dissertations and theses. It is an excellent resource for exhaustively searching for all graduate theses and dissertations. You may search for specific title or author, as well as by topic.

Many theses and dissertations done by educators are indexed in this database. Kennesaw State University Library and Georgia State University Library (microfiche) have complete holdings of documents indexed in ERIC. The “ED” number in the ERIC record will allow you to find the documents easily.