Using this database
This database of South Asia dissertations at UC Berkeley contains doctoral dissertations, masters theses and professional reports on topics related to South Asia by UC Berkeley graduates. It includes work completed at Berkeley from 1915 to 1998 in the fields of arts, literature, humanities, social and physical sciences. We have chosen to include only those dissertations which have substantial portions relating to South Asia or the South Asian diaspora. Future dissertations will be added to the database as they become available.
You may search the database by keyword, or browse by the department in which the dissertation was filed. Be aware when searching that most dissertations are not cataloged with descriptive subject headings -- when in doubt, use the "keywords" field to do the broadest search possible.
Finding UC Berkeley dissertations
Call number and library locations are included for each record in the database (see the key to location abbreviations). The Library receives the original signed copy of every dissertation accepted by the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. Most of these archival copies are housed in the Main Library, under the call number "308t," and may be used only in the Library. The Library also holds some second copies of dissertations, cataloged either for the Main Library or the appropriate branch library, which sometimes do circulate, depending on local branch policy. The designation "NRLF" means the item is stored in UC's Northern Regional Library Facility, and may be requested at the Main circulation desk.
All UCB dissertations in the collection appear in Berkeley's online catalogs. Whenever you do not find the item you are looking for on the shelves or in the on-line catalogs, please consult a reference staff member for assistance.
A special note for users requesting Berkeley dissertations remotely: from September 1962 through 1970 and since December 1975, UC Berkeley had almost all of its doctoral dissertations filmed at University Microfilms International (UMI). Dissertations added to the collections during these periods are available from ProQuest. Dissertations not available through Proquest may be reproduced locally for a fee by contacting the Interlibrary Lending Service's Photoduplication Section, 133 Doe Library, (510) 642-6151 or filling out this form.
Dissertations not yet cataloged
UC Berkeley doctoral dissertations are sent to University Microfilms International (UMI), Ann Arbor, Michigan, for filming before being deposited in the library. This process, in addition to binding and cataloging, takes considerable time; therefore, some dissertations may not appear in our online catalogs until a year after the degree was awarded. Please search UMI's Current Research which includes citations for all UCB dissertations listed in the Dissertations Abstracts International database, including those filed prior to 1996, and gives web users coming from UC Berkeley IP addresses full text access to many UC Berkeley dissertations filed since 1996. UMI's larger Digital Dissertations includes citations and abstracts for 1.4 million dissertations filed at colleges and universities around the world.
Dissertations from other institutions
The Library does not actively collect dissertations from other institutions, but it acquires some. These are cataloged as books and can be found via the Library's online catalogs by author, title and subject. If the Library does not hold the dissertation you are seeking, UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty may ask to borrow dissertations from other institutions via Interlibrary Loan. Another option is purchasing a copy of a dissertation directly from UMI.
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