How to Find UC Berkeley Theses
The Library receives
the original signed copy of every thesis accepted by the UC Berkeley
Graduate Division. These archival copies are usually housed in the Main
Library, but some are kept in branch libraries. The Library also holds
many second copies of theses, cataloged either for the Doe Library or the appropriate
branch library. All University of California, Berkeley theses in the
library collection appear in Berkeley's catalog, Oskicat. Whenever you do
not find the thesis you are looking for in the on-line/web catalogs,
please consult a reference staff member for assistance.
The Thesis Card Catalog
Theses completed through 1990
are also in the Thesis Card Catalog, located in the Reference Hall, North
Reading Room, Doe Library
2nd Floor, in the "Abbreviations, Atlases Thesis Catalog" Index case.
This catalog is arranged alphabetically by department, division or study
the degree, then by level of degree, i.e., masters or doctoral. The list
is further arranged chronologically by year. Cards are also included in
this catalog for theses that for one reason or another, have been withheld
from public consultation. They are annotated "withheld." Consult the
catalog. The Thesis Card Catalog was closed after 1990. Thesis completed
after 1990, appear in Oskicat, as do
those included in the Thesis Card Catalog.
Theses Not Yet Cataloged
Most 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 theses may not appear in Oskicat until a year after the
degree was awarded.
Theses from Other Institutions
The Library does not
actively collect theses from other United States institutions, but it
acquires some. These are cataloged and classified as books and are
represented in Oskicat by author,
title and subject.
Classification and Circulation Policies
When you have
found a thesis you wish to consult, note the call number and library
location. If no location symbol appears beside the call number, the thesis
is housed in the Doe
Library or is stored off campus at the Northern Regional Library
Facility (NRLF), located in Richmond, California. Main Library. Items
at NRLF can be retrieved within 24-48 hours, excluding weekends.
The archival copies of UC Berkeley theses have
been assigned "308t" classification numbers and do not circulate for home
use; however, they may be used within the library. In the Main Library,
"308t" theses will be paged upon request at the Circulation Desk. Branch
libraries with "308t" theses may shelve them in special locations.
If you have located a thesis in the Thesis Card Catalog in the North
Reading Room of the Main Library, it will probably will have a "308t" call
number. You may also wish to consult Oskicat to see if a circulating copy exists.
Library of Congress Classification
from UC Berkeley and some from other U.S. and foreign institutions have
been assigned Library of Congress classification numbers. They are usually
shelved in call number order in the Library unit's book stacks and
generally circulate for home use subject to the individual unit's
circulation policies. Main Library theses classified in AS36 are housed
off campus. They may be requested for home use at the Circulation Desk, 1st floor,
Some doctoral dissertations
and masters theses can be borrowed from other institutions through Interlibrary Services. Those
available for purchase from University
Microfilms International, (UMI)Ann Arbor, Michigan, generally are not
available for loan, although some institutions occasionally make
exceptions. Individual colleges and universities may impose restrictions
on the loan and use of their theses. For information about availability of
a particular thesis, consult the staff of Interlibrary Services, Room
133 Main Library.
Photocopies of UC Berkeley Theses
1962 through 1970 and since December 1975, UC Berkeley has had almost all
of its doctoral dissertations filmed at UMI.
Dissertations added to the collections during these periods may be
purchased only from UMI. The necessary order number may be found by
looking up the dissertation in either Dissertation Abstracts CD-rom or
Comprehensive Dissertation Index or Dissertations Abstracts International.
Reference staff at the Reference
Center of the Doe Library or at the Education/Psychology Library
can supply order forms and procedural information. Masters' theses
available for purchase from UMI are listed in Masters Abstracts with an
Dissertations and theses not available through UMI, may be
reproduced locally. To obtain copies of UC Berkeley theses unavailable
contact the Interlibrary
Photocopy Services in Room 321, Moffitt Library, to verify that
permission has been granted by the author.