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UMass Lowell Library Resources for Doctoral Students in Education

UMass Lowell has an electronic thesis and dissertation system. For instructions on uploading your thesis or dissertation see link.

Accessing Dissertations and Theses for Research


  • Search the UMass Lowell Theses/Dissertation Database for Theses and Dissertations from 1949 to 1985.
    You may search by any combination of these criteria:

    • Academic Department
    • Author's Name
    • Keyword in Title
    • Date
    • Degree: to search, use:
      • M for Master's (Master's Degrees are offered in many fields)
      • D for Doctorate (In engineering and education)
      • PhD for Post Doctorate (In chemistry, physics, polymer science, radiological science, and nursing)
  • Search Proquest database of UML Dissertations & Theses for Master's Theses and dissertations from 1981 to present.

    You may search on: 
    • Author's Name
    • Advisor's Name
    • Keyword in Title
    • Degree Date

    Use the Advanced Search link (above the search text box) to select specific fields for your search.

  • Search the UMass Lowell Library Catalog for Theses/Dissertations from 1985 to present.


  • Search ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I database for any item from 1981 to present. An order number will be included in the record. For dissertations from 1997 to present, retrieve the first 24 pages free.
  • Search WorldCat to identify older items
  • Use ILLiadour InterLibrary Loan service, to request the loan of the dissertation publication. 
  • Items found in WorldCat can sometimes be borrowed, but only if ProQuest does not have a copy.
  • Order the Thesis/Dissertation from ProQuest. You may choose microfilm, paper, or (after 1997), electronic copy.

The Library subsidizes the purchase of Theses/Dissertations from Proquest for:

  • Graduate Students: Three (3) Theses/Dissertations during their student years at no charge. Additional items can be purchased for $50,  through the InterLibrary Loan Department.
  • Faculty Members: Three (3) free Theses/Dissertations per person through the InterLibrary Loan Department.