School of Education Research Resources: Theses/Dissertations

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

The best way to find theses/dissertations is to search for the topic you're looking for in Discovery Search, starting from the library's homepage. Once you get your results, use the limiters on the left to limit your results to dissertation/thesis: 

You can also search the ProQuest Theses and Dissertations database by clicking on the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses icon in the right-hand column: 

Clicking on this icon will open a new tab and automatically run your search in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. 

To search for Virginia Tech theses and dissertations, the best place to look is in VTechWorks, VT's institutional repository. From here, you can search just the collection of theses and dissertations: 

a screenshot of the search box in VTech Works

Once you've done the initial search, you can also use the more advanced filters to search for content from a particular department, author, or committee chair: 

a screenshot of the advanced filters in VTechWorks

Use the drop down box outlined in blue above to select what you'd like to look for, then add your search terms, and then click apply. 

VTechWorks contains all VT theses and dissertations from 1997 onward, and pre-1997 print theses and dissertations are currently being scanned and added to the repository.