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Question: What value lies in using dissertations, especially when they can sometimes be so hard to track down?
Answer: Dissertations and theses offer the latest research from graduate students, identifying trends in the field.
As research tools, they are invaluable for their extensive bibliographies.
A good way to find dissertations in University Libraries is to do a keyword search in the USD Online Catalog with terms from your topic and add the word "theses" to the search, or use Proquest Dissertations and Theses @ University of South Dakota. Dissertations done at USD are housed in the stacks on the 3rd floor and are shelved alphabetically by the last name of the author.
To identify dissertations not completed at USD, use Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online
Contains listings of dissertations in progress as well as completed dissertations in the field of Musicology from 1986 to the present. Mostly North American Listings, but some international coverage. The database provides citations for the dissertations. To access actual dissertations, use Interlibrary Loan.
International Dissertations - for dissertations completed outside of North America, try searching the Center for Research Libraries.