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A Free PhD Dissertations Database - How to Make the Most of It

If you are working on a large project such as your dissertation, we understand that this can be a very trying and busy time for you. You have to find so many articles and look up authors, and trying to do that online can have you saving everything in your ‘favorites’ section as you try to streamline what looks like it relates to your topic versus what you can actually use. A way to streamline this process is to focus on organization and understanding that in your search, you have to get as organized as possible, and you can achieve that through utilizing web sites and services that offer free information that can help you to assemble everything that you need for your project.


Ways that website can help you to get organized include your search types. If you are searching for a particular topic, or a particular author, make sure that you factor in that there are different ways that you can look for your materials:

  • You can go under the subject matter, as this is a good starting place
  • You can search by specific titles
  • You may also want to consider checking under your schools title to find any if there any materials that are available publicly through your school
  • You may also want to consider looking up specific keywords as it relates to your particular project

Other ways that you can search for materials that will help you target what you need in a database include:

  • Looking up by department
  • Look up by author, or specific committee members

Your goal ultimately, is to utilize a database that will help you define and streamline the information that you need, to ensure that you have the writing materials that you want, and key examples that you can utilize to help you gather and assemble all the materials that you will need for your own work.


A great resource that may help you, is to consider searching the Harvard library which has a very resourceful research guide, that separates categories based on specific topics. You can find this under, and find such tips and pointers as:

  • references and e-dictionaries
  • featured publications
  • upcoming conferences and talks
  • citation tools and help
  • library catalogs and bibliography

Using a resource like this that’s spread out all in one website is one of your best tools to help you to assemble the materials that you need and to get you organized as you work on your own project.

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Key Notes

Key notes to remember when crafting your PhD paper is to always be aware of who your audience is and the direction you are trying to go with it. A lot of people make mistakes by randomly writing and not giving much thought beforehand.