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Theses and Dissertations at University of Maryland Libraries

A guide to finding theses and dissertations done at the University of Maryland, College Park.


  • Full text of University of Maryland (College Park) theses and dissertations from December 2003 to the present is available online at DRUM: Digital Repository at the University of Maryland.
  • University of Maryland doctoral dissertations from 1997 to the present and master's theses from December 2003 to the present are available through Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global. UM only Because of licensing agreements, this database can be used only by current faculty, staff, and students of the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Permanent, non-circulating copies of all University of Maryland (College Park, Md.) master's theses and doctoral dissertations are maintained in the University Archives.
  • In some cases, a second, circulating copy of a thesis or dissertation is available in the McKeldin Library stacks or the appropriate branch library. Researchers should check the UM Libraries Catalog for the exact location of circulating copies.
  • In instances where the student has restricted access to his/her electronic thesis or dissertation in DRUM for a specific period, any physical copies that are kept in Hornbake Library are also similarly restricted.  As of the Fall 2013 semester, physical copies are no longer created.  Written permission from the author is required to make a restricted thesis or dissertation available before the restriction period expires.
  • If you wish to order a copy of a dissertation, you can do so through the ProQuest Web site. More than 1 million dissertations and theses are available for purchase, bound, unbound, or on microfilm.
  • Email the University Archives or call 301-405-9060 or 301-405-9297 for more information.

The Maryland Room

Located on the first floor of Hornbake Library North, the Maryland Room serves as the reading room for Special Collections and University Archives. All materials from our collections must be viewed in the reading room.

The Maryland Room is open to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff; faculty, students, and staff from other colleges and universities; local, national, and international scholars; and members of the general public. You do not need an appointment to view materials in the Maryland Room.  

Materials accessed in the Maryland Room are only available to view in the reading room, and do not circulate.  For directions, hours, and other information, please visit the Maryland Room homepage.  

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