Theses and dissertations for most universities are indexed in the Dissertations & Theses Global database.
You can search the full text of all Virginia Tech theses and dissertations submitted online since 1997 or browse by author or department.
Theses and dissertations can be in either print, PDF, or microfilm formats.
You can make requests for these materials via your ILLiad account. Select the Theses and Dissertation link on the left menu bar.
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Some foreign universities require a copyright declaration form signed by the patron. You can download the forms and return a signed copy to Interlibrary Loan for processing. Interlibrary Loan will email you if a form is required.
Standards must be purchased from the organization that issues the standard, or from a commercial document supplier.
Interlibrary Loan can purchase technical standards for currently enrolled/employed Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students, with a limit of $1,000 per requester in a calendar year.
Please provide as much information as possible, including the standard number and the complete title.
United States Patents
All United States patents issued since 1790 are available as full page images directly from the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Web Patent Database.
Patents issued since 1976 are also available as full-text HTML pages.
The European Patent Office provides access to a variety of Patent Information Products and search engines.
Espacenet is a gateway to patent indexes.
English, German, and French interfaces are available on the European Patent Office's Patent Databases page.
Included are patents from the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and from world-wide sources including the United States and Japan.
If the patent you need is a U. S. patent that is not included in the USPTO database, or if it is a foreign patent, Interlibrary Loan will try to obtain the patent for you.
You can obtain information about finding and using patents by consulting one of the subject specialists.
From your ILLiad select Patent under the Request section on the left menu bar.
If possible, please include as much information as you have, such as:
Title of the Patent
Country of Origin
CRL provides a generous loan period of three months with unlimited renewals. However, all material may be recalled after two weeks if requested by another member institution or project participant. The borrower is obligated to return materials immediately upon recall.
Materials can be requested via your ILLiad account.
Requests for media materials (DVDs, compact discs, videos, microfilm, etc.) should be for educational/research purposes.
All media materials are subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) and must comply with federal copyright law and other applicable state and federal laws in regards to duplication, exhibition, and distribution.
SAE Technical Papers
The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) provides an expansive collection of over 3 million government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related documents.