Answered By: Davy Gibbs Last Updated: Jun 01, 2016 Views: 8
There are two answers.
1) If you want or need very specific dissertations: you request them individually, we obtain them for you, and then you reimburse us for the cost (paying only what we paid for it, we don't add any fees). Dissertations delivered as .pdf files are usually about $30-$35 each.
...or the less expensive, less specific option...
2) You can use dissertations that are available for free in the full-text. Here's how to do that: from the Library's homepage (library.piedmont.edu), click on the Online Resources tab in the middle of the screen, then use the Type of Content menu on the right to select "Dissertations & Theses." This will take you to a list of online databases offering dissertations and dissertation abstracts (or summaries). All the dissertations available through Georgia State, Piedmont College, and the University of Georgia are available for free, but your best bet is ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. Once you've selected it from the list, check the box for "Full text" (you will probably want to check the box for "Doctoral dissertations only," too) and enter your search terms. Rest assured that anything you find will be freely (and instantly!) available.
All that said, if your instructor is requiring you to read a specific dissertation that is not available for free, he or she needs to let us know, and we can provide that document for everyone as an electronic reserve.