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Theses and Dissertations: Home

Strategies for locating, accessing, and depositing theses and dissertations published at UMaine and beyond.

Why Theses and Dissertations?

Honors theses, masters theses, and doctoral dissertations represent the culmination of scholarly and creative work undertaken by students at their college or university. They can serve multiple purposes:

  • as models for other students considering approaches to layout, methodology, and theoretical underpinnings of an issue/topic/problem
  • as insights into recent research that may not yet be published as books, book chapters, or journal articles
  • as rich bibliographical sources given their lengthy list of references 

Find Theses and Dissertations

Find University of Maine Theses and Dissertations

Find Theses and Dissertations Produced Outside the University of Maine

Via Fogler's Subscription Resources

On the open web

Information for UMaine Students

Submit your Thesis or Dissertation to DigitalCommons@UMaine

For graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation, when your work has reached a certain point in the approval process, the University of Maine Graduate School will provide instructions for submitting your work to the Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETD) in DigitalCommons@UMaine.  Once you have been given approval to do so by the Graduate School, visit Fogler Library's Theses Instruction page for steps to create a DigitalCommons account and enter metadata for your thesis or dissertation.

If you are a graduate author from a previous semester and have questions or concerns about your work in the ETD, contact Fogler Library Special Collections at um.library.spc @ or 207.581.1686.

Undergraduate students in the Honors College should contact the Honors College directly at or 207.581.3263 for more information about the Honors College in DigitalCommons.

Printing Services

Thesis authors may also want to be aware of two options for thesis binding. Please contact these services for more information:

UMaine Printing and Mailing Services

AcmeBinding (located in Massachusetts)


Obtain Copies of UMaine Theses & Dissertations

Print copies of most University of Maine honors theses, masters theses, and doctoral dissertations are located in the Special Collections Department of Fogler Library. Theses and dissertations can be viewed in the Department. Some theses and dissertations may be viewed online in full-text PDF format in the DigitalCommons@UMaine ETD database. Current University of Maine cardholders may view UM doctoral dissertations in PDF from 1997 to present in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database

Interlibrary Loan
Print copies of University of Maine masters theses may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.  A PDF is typically available for works completed more than one year ago.  We highly recommend this option if you have discovered a masters thesis in the ETD database where the Level of Access is Campus-Only.  Check with the largest library where you have borrowing privileges to learn about their ILL procedures.

Print copies of University of Maine doctoral dissertations held at Fogler Library are not loaned through Interlibrary Loan. They must be purchased from ProQuest, unless they are available full-text in the DigitalCommons@UMaine ETD database. See information about how to order by phone or online at ProQuest's Online Dissertation Services

Doctoral dissertations may be purchased from ProQuest in print, microform, and digital formats, unless they are available full-text in the ETD database. See information about how to order by phone or online at ProQuest's Online Dissertation Services

Within the U.S., masters and honors theses may be purchased from the Special Collections Department at the cost of 25 cents per page plus shipping/handling. Payment is expected in advance, with checks made to the University of Maine. For more information, or to submit a request, contact:

Special Collections
5729 Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5729
um.library.spc @

5729 Fogler Library · University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469-5729 ; (207) 581-1673

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