Search for Theses

  • ORBIS, Yale Online Catalog
    Search for all Yale theses using ORBIS by including the words "Yale" and  "thesis" as keywords in your search.  Items cataloged in ORBIS will have both a call number and a "handle" URL for the catalog record. Please include both if if you make an email inquiry about access.
  • Current Research @
    A searchable database which allows access to the full text of Yale Ph.D. dissertatations from 1996 to the present. Full text access is limited to computers on the Yale network.
  • Dissertations & Theses - Full Text 
    Digital Dissertations contains more than 1.6 million entries with information about doctoral dissertations, including Yale MD/PhD dissertations. It is the same database as Dissertation Abstracts, but with the significant advantage that titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available.
  • Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library Project
    Starting with the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) graduating class of 2002, the Medical Library and Office of Student Research have collaboratedto electronically publish the full text of student thesis on the Internet as a valuable byproduct of student research efforts and original source material to researchers throughout the world. The electronic thesis deposit has been a graduation requirement since 2006.  Starting with the class of 2011, YSM theses will also be deposited in the Proquest system and accessible through Dissertations & Theses - Full Text. Note: If a medical student selects a temporary or permanent embargo for campus-only access, the full-text will not be available in the Proquest system during the embargo.  Thesis abstracts should be available in either YMTDL or Proquest.
  • Theses in the Library
    The Medical Library receives one copy of each Yale School of Medicine thesis and two copies of each School of Nursing thesis. School of Public Health theses are in the Medical Library through 2008.  In 2009, SPH theses are electronic only and available in the Proquest Dissertations & Theses - Full Text  product.

    Each thesis is cataloged with author and subject entries for Orbis, the Yale online catalog. In addition, a historical list of theses arranged by year, indicating the call numbers for requesting the thesis, is shelved in the Medical Library Information Room.

    To view a print thesis, thesis request forms are available at the Circulation Desk. Theses from 1974 to the present are shelved within the Medical Library and are retrieved twice a day, at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Earlier theses are stored in the Library Shelving Facility (LSF). Theses at LSF may be delivered to the Medical Library via the campus library delivery service.

    The second copy of the School of Nursing theses may be checked out for home use, but all other theses must be used in the Library.

    For more information, please call the Information Desk, 737-4065 or the Circulation Desk, 785-5354.