Finding Theses and Dissertations

General Information

Whether a thesis or dissertation published at NC State University is available online or in print depends upon the publication date:

  • 2002-present: Generally available online only
  • 1997-2002: May be available online or in print
  • Prior to 1997: Generally available in print only

The NC State University Libraries collects theses and dissertations completed at NC State University. The majority of the printed collection (pre-1997 and some 1997-2002) is located on the 6th floor of D. H. Hill Jr. Library. The call number area is LD 3921.

The call numbers take the format LD 3921. Dept. Name .Letter/#
[Example: LD 3921. Adult Educ. .B271]

NC State Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Since 1997, students at NC State have been able to submit an electronic version of their thesis or dissertation. On April 22, 2002, electronic submission became required. These materials are searchable in the catalog as well as the digital repository.

Searching for Theses and Dissertations at NC State

Option 1. Do an ANYWHERE search in the catalog in the following format: Theses TOPIC
Example: Theses Information Technology

Option 2. Do a SUBJECT HEADING search in the catalog in the following format: North Carolina State University Theses

Variation on Option 2: If you know the department name, it can be added to the end of the Subject Heading search.
Example: North Carolina State University Theses Adult Education

If you have a question about your own NC State thesis

The NC State University Digital Repository hosts and displays the NC State University electronic theses provided by the Graduate School.

Digital Repository

For editorial questions, or any questions about changing content in your electronic thesis:
ETD Help

If you are not sure who to contact for your question, please contact the librarian listed at the top of this page, who will guide you to the right place.