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Theses and Dissertations

Most Masters' and PhD theses from the University of Washington are catalogued by subject area (like a book) and can be searched using the UW Libraries Search. Theses and dissertations are also available online in full-text via the Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global database.

Cataloged theses are also listed on the Engineering Library New Books List the week they become available (which could be from 6 months to a year from the date the thesis was submitted) .

Theses may be browsed by subject in the UW Libraries Search, Advanced Search, by using the in subject field search . They are cataloged using the following subject headings:

  • Theses--Civil Engineering
  • Theses--Computer Science
  • Theses--Electrical Engineering
  • Theses--Mechanical Engineering

Theses may also be browsed in the Engineering General Stacks (3rd or 4th floor) according to their assigned subject area call numbers. Most Engineering theses can be found in the Engineering Library with the following call numbers:


Call #

Aeronautics and Astronautics

TL 507

Applied Mathematics

QA 3

Civil Engineering

TA 7

Computer Science and Engineering

QA 76

Mechanical Engineering

TJ 7

Electrical Engineering

TK 7

General Engineering

TA 153

Materials Science and Engineering

TN 7

Scientific and Technical Communication

Q 223

How do I get a thesis that is not held by the UW Libraries?

If the thesis that you are looking for is not in the UW Libraries collection, you can: