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Higher Education Program Guide: Theses & Dissertations

This guide provides resources to help you succeed in research for the Higher Education program.

Writing a Literature Review

Submitting your thesis or dissertation?

If you're ready to submit your thesis or dissertation, you can find guidance, directions, and links at the Libraries' Guide to ETDs. Remember that all ETDs must be uploaded to iThenticate, with the final similarity report submitted with your ETD. For more information about iThenticate, visit the graduate school's webpage for more information. 

Finding Theses & Dissertations

A dissertation or a thesis is a document that presents the author's research and findings and is submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification. Theses have been published at Virginia Tech since 1903. Theses and dissertations have been submitted electronically since 1996, with most of these freely available online. Many, though not all, theses and dissertations from other schools are available online or via Interlibrary Loan. In addition to the search tools referenced below, most subject specific databases (like PsycInfo, Sociological Abstracts, and Engineering Village) will provide citations for theses and dissertations in their covered fields.

Thriving in Graduate School

Resources for Writing

Check out some of our books geared toward helping you write your thesis or dissertation.  These are just a sampling--we have many more resources for writing dissertations and theses!