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How do I find a Harvard dissertation?

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2016  |  65 Views
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Start with HOLLIS+

  • All dissertations held by the Archives are cataloged in HOLLIS+
  • Search by author, title, and/or keyword
  • “View Online” buttons provide full-text online for some dissertations, especially those from March 2012 to the present
  • “Locations & Availability” tab also provide online links, information about author embargoes, and the Archives call number*


For full-text online access to many dissertations, also search:


Ordering copies of dissertations not available through DASH or ProQuest:

PDFs or photocopies of most dissertations from 1873 through November 2011 can be ordered from the Harvard Library Imaging Services department

  • Start the process by registering for an account with Imaging Services
  • When your account is in place, go to “Request for Photoduplication” under “New Requests” in the left column menu
  • Complete the online order form, including the call number and/or HOLLIS number fields
  • When you submit the online order form, Imaging Services staff will reply with cost and delivery information.
  • If you have any questions about this online ordering process, please contact Imaging Services staff directly for additional information.


*Dissertations from 1873 through November 2011 are available for use in the Archives reading room,   with advance notice


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