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John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Where to Find Resources (by type)

Where to Find Dissertations + Theses

SAIC Theses

To browse physical theses in the Flaxman Main Stacks, see the Locating SAIC theses page for a full list of call number ranges by discipline. To see all theses available digitally, use the SAIC theses repository link below.

Working on your thesis? Check out our How to Submit or Find an SAIC Thesis or Grad Project guide for tips and how-tos. 

Dissertations + Theses Beyond SAIC

Found a dissertation or thesis but can't access the full text? A copy may be obtained through interlibrary loan; however, sometimes you can only get a copy by buying one. Check with Flaxman librarians ( before you buy!

Remember while you research: A dissertation is a final paper, based on original research, that is required in some disciplines to obtain a PhD. Theses are the same for a master's degree. Both are unpublished manuscripts and have not gone through the editorial process of published scholarly books. The bibliographies can be useful to identify more resources.