Search Stanford Dissertations

Stanford to Accept Digital Dissertations
As of November 9, 2009, Stanford graduate students can submit their dissertations digitally. This program means less effort and expense for students and better access to the documents' content.

Full-text PDF files of Stanford dissertations from 1989 to October 2009 are available to Stanford users from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ Stanford University, a Digital Library of Dissertations and Theses, hosted by UMI. For online access to theses published after October 2009, please search the author's name in SearchWorks, the Stanford Libraries Catalog. Catalog records for online theses are added quarterly. Theses may be embargoed up to two years. Embargoed theses are available only to users with a SUNet ID.

Copyright and intellectual property rights issues: "Faculty need to be aware that the Office of Technology Licensing has determined that publication of a dissertation qualifies as a public disclosure per article 35 U.S.C. 102 of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (ie for purposes of patent filings).  This is true for both print and electronic dissertations, and is true even when the dissertation is embargoed so that access is limited to the Stanford community.  It is critical that faculty and doctoral candidates work together well in advance of the candidate’s dissertation filing to ensure that timing concerns regarding publication of data are resolved. Similarly, faculty and doctoral candidates need to coordinate to ensure publication of the dissertation does not conflict with other publication agreements related to material included in the dissertation."  Source: Copyright Reminder

Find dissertations and theses

Dissertations written after 2009 are available digitally in SearchWorks.

Print copies of theses and dissertations for the Department of Biology that were submitted from the mid-1920's through 2009 are located in SAL3.These can be found in SearchWorks by selecting Dissertations & Theses, then searching for Department of Biology in the author field (see the list of dissertations below).

Effective January 1, 2008, the name of the Department of Biological Sciences was changed to the Department of Biology.The department was formed by the merger of the Department of Zoology with the Department of Botany and other departments.To find all dissertations submitted to the department through its history and cataloged in SearchWorks, search for all variations in its name or use the Organization (as author) facet listed under Limit your Search in the left column of the search page.

Honors theses in Biology are available digitally in SearchWorks.  These can be found by searching for Undergraduate Theses, Department of Biology in the title field.

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