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Rutgers Dissertations and Theses: Search Tips

A guide to identifying and locating Rutgers dissertations and theses from the earliest years to the present day.

Tips for Searching the Library Catalog for RU Dissertations, Theses, and Honors Papers

To use the Library Catalog to look for a Rutgers dissertation or thesis:

  • by a known AUTHOR - Use the Browse option. Change the pull-down menu to the left of the search box to AUTHOR (last name first). Enter the author's name, last name first, without punctuation, then click on the Browse button.
  • with a known TITLE - Use the Browse option. Change the pull-down menu to the left of the search box to TITLE (omit first article). Enter the exact title omitting any initial articles such as a or the, then click on the Browse button.
  • on a particular SUBJECT - Use the Basic search option. Enter the keyword THESIS combined with the keyword RUTGERS and a subject keyword (e.g., thesis and rutgers and government, or thesis and rutgers and crime). Make sure that the pull-down menu to the right of the search box is set to Keyword, then click on the Search button.
  • from a particular DEPARTMENT - Use the Basic search option. Enter the keyword THESIS combined with the keyword RUTGERS and a keyword from the name of the department (e.g., thesis and rutgers and education, or thesis and rutgers and management). Make sure that the pull-down menu to the right of the search box is set to Keyword, then click on the Search button.
  • from the HENRY RUTGERS SCHOLARS PROGRAM - Use the Basic search option. Enter the phrase HENRY RUTGERS combined with the keyword THESIS (i.e., henry rutgers and thesis). Add a subject keyword if desired (e.g., henry rutgers and thesis and war). Make sure that the pull-down menu to the right of the search box is set to Keyword, then click on the Search button.
  • from the DOUGLASS SCHOLARS PROGRAM - Use the Basic search option. Enter the keyword DOUGLASS combined with the keyword THESIS (i.e., douglass and thesis). Add a subject keyword if desired (e.g., douglass and thesis and jersey). Make sure that the pull-down menu to the right of the search box is set to Keyword, then click on the Search button.
  • from other HONORS PROGRAMS - Use the Basic search option. Enter the keyword THESIS combined with the keyword RUTGERS, the keyword HONORS, and a subject keyword (e.g., thesis and rutgers and honors and history). Make sure that the pull-down menu to the right of the search box is set to Keyword, then click on the Search button.

To use the Library Catalog Advanced search option to look for a Rutgers dissertation or thesis:

  • Enter your search terms in one or more of the search boxes and select Dissertation/Thesis from the Format menu to limit your search. Click on the Search button.

Tips for Finding Rutgers ETDs from a Specific Department

"How do I find the electronic dissertations from a specific department?"is one of the most common questions for those searching the Rutgers Electronic Theses & Dissertations (RUetds) site. Since the department name appears in a standard format at the beginning of every dissertation, all those from a single department can be found by following three simple steps.

  1. Start at the RUetd Advanced Search page.
  2. Change the pull-down menu next to the first search box from "Full Record" to "Full Text."
  3. Enter the exact name of the department in the search box in quotation marks (e.g., "Graduate Program in Computer Science").

That's it. You should find all of the items from the department you want while eliminating the extraneous material you'd get with a subject search.

For a similar search in the Library Catalog, see the separate Tips for Searching the Library Catalog for RU Dissertations, Theses, and Honors Papers.

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