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Theses and Dissertations

Most Masters' and PhD theses from the University of Washington are divided by subject and can be searched using the UW Libraries Catalog. Theses are also available online via the Proquest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. Click above for more information.

Most Masters' and PhD theses from the University of Washington are divided by subject and can be searched using the UW Libraries Catalog. Cataloged theses are also listed on the Engineering Library New Books List the week they become available. (Note: It generally takes from 6 months to a year from the date of submittal for a dissertation or thesis to be added to the UW Libraries Catalog and be made available for check out. If you are seeking a UW thesis that is not listed in the catalog, please contact us and we can try to rush the item through the cataloging process.)

Theses may be browsed by subject in the UW Libraries Catalog by using the genre/form browse lists. Theses are given genre/form headings similar to the following examples.

  • Theses--Civil Engineering
  • Theses--Computer Science
  • Theses--Electrical Engineering
  • Theses--Mechanical Engineering

Theses may also be browsed in the Engineering General Stacks (3rd or 4th floor). Theses are assigned call numbers according to their subject area. Most Engineering theses can be found in the Engineering Library with the following call numbers:

Subject

Call #

Aeronautics and Astronautics

TL 507

Applied Mathematics

QA 3

Civil Engineering

TA 7

Computer Science and Engineering

QA 76

Mechanical Engineering

TJ 7

Electrical Engineering

TK 7

General Engineering

TA 153

Materials Science and Engineering

TN 7

Scientific and Technical Communication

Q 223

How do I get a thesis that is not held by the UW Libraries?

If the thesis that you are looking for is not in the UW Libraries collection, you can: