Dissertations and Theses: About Dissertations
An ETD is an electronic or digital copy of a thesis or dissertation.
An IR, or institutional repository, is a digital space for collecting, preserving and disseminiating the intellectual output of an institution. Many universities include dissertations and theses in their institutional repositories.
Introduction to Using Dissertations & Theses
Dissertations contain recent research that may not yet be published; reviewing dissertations can be helpful when preparing for your own dissertation.
The literature review chapter of a dissertation attempts to cover all of the relevant literature on a topic. Use that and the references to discover sources.
Review the methodology chapter of a dissertation that used a methodology you're interested in using for your own research. Measurements used in the dissertation will be described in this chapter and a copy of the measurement tool should appear in the appendix.
Recommendations for future research are contained in the last chapter of a dissertation. This is where the author makes recommendations based on existing gaps in the literature. To help focus your research question review the recommendations for future research in a dissertation written on your topic.