Dissertations and Theses Overview

Open Access Dissertations

  • Available in the Open Access Dissertations series on ScholarWorks
  • Fulltext is available to all both on and off campus
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Open Access Dissertations series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Open access.”

Open Access Dissertations with Embargoes

  • Available in the Open Access Dissertations series on ScholarWorks
  • Fulltext available to all once the embargo period has expired
  • Embargoed titles are marked with a note with the date the dissertation will be available for download
  • Embargo period will usually be six months after the date the dissertation was submitted
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Open Access Dissertations series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Open access.”

Campus Access Dissertations

  • Available in the Dissertations series on ScholarWorks via the Proquest Dissertations and Theses database
  • Fulltext can only be downloaded from ScholarWorks by those using a computer on the UMass Amherst campus
  • For off campus access, users must go to the Proquest Dissertations and Theses database via the Libraries' Research Databases Locator
  • Only those with a valid OIT username and password will be able to download the fulltext
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Dissertations series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Access restricted to UMass community.”

Campus Access Dissertations with Embargoes

  • Links to campus access dissertations with embargoes will NOT be available in the Dissertations Series on ScholarWorks until the restrictions are lifted by the Proquest Dissertations and Theses database
  • Once the restrictions are lifted, links to these dissertations will be added to the ScholarWorks Dissertations series
  • Once the restrictions are lifted, access will be the same as described above for campus access dissertations
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Dissertations series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Access restricted to UMass community.”

Open Access Masters Theses

  • Available in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Fulltext is available to all both on and off campus
  • Marked with the document type “Open Access” on ScholarWorks
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Open access.”

Open Access Masters Theses with Embargoes

  • Available in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Fulltext is available to all once the embargo period has expired
  • Embargoed titles will be marked with a note with the date the thesis will be available for download
  • Embargo period will usually be six months after the date the thesis was submitted
  • Marked with the document type “Open Access” on ScholarWorks
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Open access.”

Campus Access Masters Theses

  • Available in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Fulltext is available for download to those using a computer on the UMass Amherst campus
  • For off campus users, there is a note on all Masters theses pages in ScholarWorks that says “Off-campus UMass Amherst users: If this thesis is NOT open access, please use the following link to log into our proxy server and download this thesis.”
  • Users will be able to download the fulltext by logging into the proxy server and entering their OIT user name and password
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Access restricted to UMass community.”
  • Campus access Masters theses can also be lent through interlibrary loan

Campus Access Masters Theses with Embargoes

  • Available in the Theses Series on ScholarWorks
  • Fulltext available to UMass Amherst users once the embargo period has expired
  • Titles are marked with a note with the date the thesis will be available for download
  • Embargo period is usually six months after the date the thesis was submitted
  • Once the embargo period has expired, access will be the same as described above for campus access theses
  • Catalog records will have a link to the title in the Theses series on ScholarWorks
  • Starting with the 2009 titles, catalog records will have a note that says “Access restricted to UMass community.”

Print Copies of Dissertations and Theses

  • (NOTE: This is a current proposal (approved by SMG), but it has not yet been approved by the Research Library Council and the Grad Council.) Bound copies of campus access dissertations will be shelved in the Library for circulation and ILL lending.
  • Print copies of dissertations can also be ordered through Proquest
  • Open access dissertations can be downloaded from ScholarWorks
  • Until final approval, 2 copies of every dissertation title will be purchased from Proquest - one circulating copy shelved in the Libraries and one preservation copy stored in the Depository
  • Masters theses will be available online only through ScholarWorks
  • Printouts can be made by downloading the thesis from ScholarWorks and printing out the PDF files from your computer

Obtaining Copies of Campus Access Dissertations and Theses through ILL

  • Users who would like a copy of a campus access dissertation or thesis should consult with their library's interlibrary loan (ILL) Department
  • UMass Amherst Libraries ILL policies state that:

“We will lend copies of dissertations to other libraries through ILL within the U.S. and Canada. All others must purchase from Proquest.

Masters theses can be loaned if the request is accompanied by written permission of the author. Master theses can be lent overseas.”

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