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How to Find UCF Theses and Dissertations

this guide should make it easier to locate theses and dissertations

A History

The first thesis was defended at FTU on March 15, 1972, based on looking at each thesis from 1972. it was written by John M. Bateman and was titled "Computer Method for Airport Noise Exposure Forecast."

The first dissertation, titled "An Associative Backend Machine for Data Base Management," was defended in November, 1980, and it was a Ph.D. in Computer Science awarded to Alireza Hurson.

Helpful ETD Links for Students

The following links are meant to help students find answers to their ETD questions. For specific questions regarding your ETD, please contact your thesis adviser.

Print

The Library owns 2 print copies of each title written through 2004: one copy in the General Collection which may be checked out, and one non-circulating copy in Special Collections.  The library also has one circulating copy of theses and dissertations written between 2004 and 2007.

Beginning in 2008, UCF no longer required students to submit a printed copy of any graduate thesis or dissertation.

Where to find print copies within the General Collection:

Dissertations and Theses Written before 1988: 

  • Fully cataloged with keyword, author, and title access
  • Subject specific Library of Congress subject headings. 
  • Unique Library of Congress call number and shelved within Main Library General Collection.

Dissertations and Theses Written from 1988 to 1999:

  • Partially cataloged: author, title, and keyword
  • Very general subject headings, not subject specific
  • Shelved in the common call number:  Main Library General Collection LD1772.F96T45 (year)
  • Can be found along the perimeter of the 3rd floor.

Dissertations and Theses Written from 1999 to Fall 2007:

  • Fully cataloged with keyword, author and title access
  • Subject specific Library of Congress subject headings
  • Shelved in the common call number:  Main Library General Collection LD1772.F96T45 (year)
  • Can be found along the perimeter of the 3rd floor.

Browse the Library Catalog for ALL graduate theses written at Florida Technological University (1972-1978)

Browse the Library Catalog for ALL graduate theses and dissertations written at UCF (1979-present)

Browse STARS for all print graduate theses and dissertations

Search tips for the Library Catalog:

Select the Advanced Search option.

  • Use the first search box to enter a search term regarding the title, author, subject, or other information. Select the appropriate field to search from the drop down menu.
  • The second box should specify thesis AND "university of central florida"
  • For theses written through 1978, use "florida technological university"

 

Electronic

Starting in Fall 2004, as a result of UCF’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Initiative, ETD was made mandatory for graduate students. These titles are searchable in the library catalog, and may be searched by title, author, keyword, college, and, in many instances, adviser.  In most cases, the full-text is also linked through the catalog, however a small number are embargoed.

Browse the Library catalog for UCF's ETDs

Browse STARS for all ETDs

While today’s theses and dissertations are published electronically, many works submitted at UCF before 2004 are only available as print copies on the libraries’ shelves.  A growing selection of these print-only works are being digitized; currently the electronic copies are searchable only in the Libraries' institutional repository, STARS, but links to the full-text will eventually be added to the catalog.