All Stanford dissertations and theses are listed in SearchWorks. (From the home page, click the “Dissertations & theses” link under Featured resources. Limit any search result by selecting "Thesis/Dissertation” under Genre in the left column.)
Most Stanford dissertations written between 1989 and 2009 are available as PDFs from Proquest. You can access these directly from Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford or from the Searchworks record.
If the thesis or dissertation was filed in a digital format (this option was available starting in November 2009) it may not be indexed in the Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford database, but it will be available through a direct link in the SearchWorks record and from Google. If the student opted for embargo restrictions, some of or the entire dissertation may not be available for up to five years after the submission date.
You can submit a request to view a print copy of a dissertation in the Special Collections & University Archives department (library use only). The SearchWorks record will indicate if there is a circulating print copy that you can check out.
You can purchase copies of Stanford dissertations completed before 2010 via UMI Dissertation Express from ProQuest.
Dissertations and theses are available in traditional hardbound, softbound, or unbound copies. (Archive-quality microfiche and microfilm versions are available for schools and libraries).
Available in 6”x9”, features blue hard cover with a stamped title on spine. Interior is printed on acid-free archival quality paper, 20 lb. weight. Ideal for library circulating collections and archives.
Available in 6”x9”, features blue soft cover with heavy-weight end-sheets; stamped title. Interior is printed on acid-free archival quality paper, 20 lb. weight. Even with soft binding, it’s still manufactured for long-term use.U
Unbound Dissertation Express format—for quick delivery
These shrink-wrapped sets of loose 8½”x11” pages (convenient for note taking) are the quickest way to obtain a printed dissertation or thesis. Delivered via Dissertation Express either to a participating library for pickup or direct to you. Fast, affordable, and yours to keep—an alternative to inter-library loan.
Delivery and Shipping Information
Inside United States
Up to 5 days
Outside United States
Up to 10 days
*Orders are printed on demand and take approximately 2 weeks to produce prior to shipping. Unbound paper orders take 1-5 days to produce. Large orders may take longer.
For Authors – Milestone Editions
Authors are always entitled to copies of their own dissertations and theses with special pricing.
We offer Milestone Editions for Authors that replicate the Library of Congress holdings-printed in full color, with elegant black linen covers and embossed gold titles.