LOCATING UCB DISSERTATIONS
As of circa 2009, authors are required to file two copies of their dissertation to the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. One copy is deposited in the Library’s online catalog, OskiCat. The second copy is sent to Dissertations & Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) database approximately six months after the doctoral degree is conferred by the Academic Senate. Note that UC Berkeley upholds the tradition that dissertation authors have an obligation to make their research available to other scholars, however it should be noted that authors can opt to embargo for two years. If this is the case, only the author can provide access to the full text.
Previous to 2009, dissertations were provided to the Library in print form only and are shelved off campus at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) in Richmond and can be requested via the online library catalog OskiCat or in person at the Doe Circulation Desk. Requests will be filled within 24-48 hours. To find titles that have been published within Berkeley’s History of Art Department, search OskiCat, by subject: dissertations academic ucb history of art. Individual dissertations may also be searched in OskiCat by author or title.
By Kathryn Wayne, 2015