If you join the free ProQuest Discover More Corps you can access the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database until February 28. While you can search for many dissertations and master’s theses in the database, the full text is not always provided for free. You can limit your search results to those with full text provided. You also can use the “preview” of others to get a taste of those documents, based on their first several pages.
This is not a database to which Andersen Library subscribes, but now’s your chance to mine it for research while it’s free for a limited time!
Here’s ProQuest’s description of the database (from an email I received on Feb. 1):
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses, the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress, and the database of record for graduate research. It houses over 3 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world, from 1861 to the present day, together with 1.2 million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full-text for most of the dissertations added since 1997, and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works.
More than 70,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database annually.