Answered By: Reference Desk Last Updated: Jan 06, 2015 Views: 343
Dissertation Abstracts is not a source for fully published dissertations. The content of an "article" in this journal is a one paragraph summary/abstract of the dissertation in question. If you have arrived at this page from an online database such as PsycInfo, which already has the abstracts, what you see there is all there is. ILL requests for Dissertation Abstracts will not be filled.
If you do not already have the abstract of the dissertation, and you genuinely want to obtain a copy of the abstract, then please meet with the interlibrary loan staff. The Reference staff no longer have access to a complete database of those abstracts.
The Dissertation Itself: After you have reviewed the abstract or citation for the dissertation, if you want to try to obtain the book length dissertation itself, fill out an online interlibrary loan book request form. The Library will attempt to borrow it from another library (usually the library of the institution that granted the Ph.D.). Keep in mind that dissertations usually take longer to arrive than other book type items, and sometimes we are unable to obtain a specific dissertation at all. The best catalog for finding the citation to the dissertation itself in order to request it is WorldCat.