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Theses and Dissertations
The University Archives maintains copies of Senior Honor Theses, Ph.D. Dissertations and a small number of Masters Theses.
Senior Honors Theses
The University Archives has a fairly complete collection of senior honors theses. All theses can be found in the library catalog, LOUIS, through a title, author, or subject search. To search for theses by department, enter "Brandeis University senior honors theses dept of [department name]" in an author or keyword search.
Inter-Library Loan Policy
Senior honors theses are housed in the University Archives, only. Like all items in the Archives, senior theses do not circulate and cannot be borrowed by other libraries.
Limited copying is available. Small portions of a senior thesis may be copied without the author's permission. Copies cost 20 cents per page for members of the Brandeis community and Boston Library Consortium institutions, and 25 cents per page for other patrons.
A senior honors thesis may be photocopied in full if the University Archives has the author's written permission to do so. To facilitate this process, the University Archives has created a release form for all thesis authors to complete and sign, granting others permission to reproduce their work for research purposes. We ask that departmental administrators distribute these release forms to all graduating seniors who write senior honors theses, and to ensure that the completed release forms accompany theses when they are submitted to departments for review, and then transferred to the University Archives for permanent housing.
Download the senior honors thesis release form [PDF].
To obtain a copy of a senior thesis for which there is no written permission from the author, the following procedures must be followed:
- We will ask the author to write a letter, or complete a form letter, stating that he or she gives Brandeis University permission to make a copy of his or her thesis for research purposes only. This process may take several weeks to complete. We do not guarantee that we will be able to contact the author and we do not guarantee that the author will grant us permission to copy his or her thesis.
- If the author sends us the permission letter allowing us to copy the thesis, the requesting patron must complete and return a form to the University Archives stating the intended use of the copy.
- The patron must also pay in advance for the copy.
Print copies of Ph.D. dissertations are in the library's general circulating collection. The University Archives has microfilm copies of these dissertations. All dissertations can be found in the library catalog, LOUIS, through a title, author, or subject search. To search for dissertations by department, enter "Brandeis University theses dept of [department name]" in an author or keyword search.
The University Archives has a small number of print copies of master's theses. All theses can be found in the library catalog LOUIS through a title, author, or subject search. To search for theses by department, enter "Brandeis University theses dept of [department name]" in an author or keyword search. Master's theses (2008- ) are now available in electronic format (with downloadable full text) via the Brandeis Institutional Repository Masters Theses Collection.