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To locate a CSULB thesis, use OneSearch and choose the “Advanced Search” option. Then select “Books & Media (CSULB).” To find a thesis by department or topic, use the “Any field” setting, and type in the word “thesis” and then the name of the department or words that describe the topic. You can also limit the years of the search to a specific year or a range of years. To find a thesis by title or author, change the “Any field” setting to “Title” or “Author” and type in the information. 

  • If you are a current member of the CSULB community, you can also search CSULB theses published since 1973 via our Dissertations and Theses database. CSULB theses published since 1997 are available for free downloading (full text) via this database. CSULB theses published prior to 1997 can be purchased through the Dissertations and Theses database or can be viewed in print in the Library.
  • If you are not a current member of the CSULB community, you can access full text versions of CSULB theses published since 2009 via the ProQuest PQDT Open Access database. Be aware that there is a period of about six weeks between the delivery of the manuscript to ProQuest and its online availability. Also, the thesis author may set up an embargo of six months to two years that prohibits public access to a document during the embargo. To access a CSULB thesis published in 2008 or earlier, you should ask your own library to request the thesis through Interlibrary Services or you can go to the ProQuest dissertations website and purchase a copy.
  • The Library's Dissertations and Theses Research Guide web page has more information about finding graduate level manuscripts.