EDMA 610 / 611 - Introduction to Inquiry in Education / Research Seminar in Education

A guide to assist graduate students in their thesis research and preparation

CSUC Theses

The library catalog contains brief records for all CSUC theses (both print & online).  

  • To search for theses use Advanced Search and select Location: is exact and type in Theses before proceeding with your search. 

Screenshot of the Advanced Search page, searching for the location for Theses

  • Our print theses (2009 and older) are shelved on the 2nd floor in the Theses Collection by call number. 
  • You can physically browse the 'LB' section of the Theses Collection for topics in Education.
  • Newer theses (2009 - present) are in an online database and you can link to the digital full-text directly from the catalog record. 

Theses/Dissertations from other Universities

Dissertations & Theses: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection

  • This ProQuest database contains more than 2 million entries (most are full-text), and is considered to be the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. 
  • If full-text is not available, you may use the citation to request via Interlibrary Services. 
  • SEARCH TIPS: Limit 'Manuscript Type' (1st page, under 'Search Options') to 'Master's Theses', 'Doctoral Dissertations', or select ALL for both before proceeding with keyword and/or subject search.

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar (GS) is a free Google search engine specifically designed for locating scholarly information. Many dissertations & theses can now be found here.
  • SEARCH TIPS: Adding the word 'thesis' as one of your search terms is often helpful when searching for theses in GS. 
  • FINDING FULL TEXT: Sometimes free full text is available (look for 'PDF' links in your results); often, however, only the citation is available in GS.  When that's the case, use GS as a discovery tool and use the citation to request the item via Interlibrary Services. 
  • ACTIVATING 'FIND-IT @ CHICO' links: if you access GS via a link on our library website (this page, or any other) it automatically activates 'Find it @ Chico' links which will lead you directly to free-full text in our library (when available) and/or to our library's Interlibrary Services form (when it is not). 


  • Many dissertations, theses, and practicum papers are now available in full-text in ERIC. 
  • SEARCH TIPS: The easist way to search for them is to limit 'publication type' (dissertation/theses - master theses; dissertation/theses - practicum papers, etc.) and then search by keyword and/or descriptors.  Limiters are found on 1st page under 'limit your results', as well as along the left side of your search results after an initial search. 

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