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Checking Things Out: Requesting Theses and Dissertations
Everything you need to know when checking out books, laptops, movies, or anything else from the Galvin Library.
Finding and Requesting Theses and Dissertations via ILL
You can find many dissertations or theses online by searching in a variety of databases, listed below.
If you're looking for a thesis or dissertation that was written by an Illinois Tech graduate, it may already be available to view. Follow this guide for instructions on how to search the IIT Theses and Dissertations Database to find what you're looking for.
If the Illinois Tech thesis or dissertation that you're looking for is not available online, you can submit a request to the Interlibrary Loan department to have the work scanned and shared with you. Complete a Thesis/Dissertation Request Form after logging into MyILL with your Illinois Tech login credentials.
This database is an authoritative source for scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health . Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO covers all aspects of psychology and includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.
Subset of Dissertations and Theses, an online database of doctoral dissertations, featuring work by IIT students. Full-text is available for many items, and ordering/purchasing information is included for those items with no full-text.
Pre-prints, experiments, proposals and other publications from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Contains topics such as particle physics, accelerator physics, x-ray diffraction, muon physics, etc.
Free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature.
The Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information provides free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and 3,000,000 bibliographic citations of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format.
The Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE's mission.
This huge database is "the ultimate science and technology research solution, combining full text journals with detailed indexing of global literature on natural sciences, engineering and technology. Areas covered include materials science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, biology, aquatic sciences, environmental science, computer science and earth sciences in addition to many more."
The repository supports cross-disciplinary collaboration by collecting, preserving, disseminating, and providing persistent and reliable access to all faculty, staff, and student digital research and scholarship. It is supported and maintained by the Paul V. Galvin Library. The repository also preserves library and archival collections, and serves as a living archive for other materials representing the many diverse aspects of the IIT community.
WorldCat is an online catalog that contains the holdings of more than 8,000 libraries worldwide. You can place requests in WorldCat for materials (minus textbooks) not owned by IIT or I-Share Libraries.
Journal articles are scanned delivered very quickly, usually 2-3 business days; books will take longer since they have to be mailed from out of state.