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Access to Ohio State Dissertations and Theses

Ohio State has agreements with two organizations, OhioLINK and ProQuest/UMI , that store and provide access to Ohio State theses and dissertations.

OhioLINK  is Ohio’s state library network and includes a consortium of Ohio colleges and universities. 

ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing  has been collecting and making dissertations available to the public for purchase since 1938, and now manages a database of 90 percent of the dissertations released in the United States. Ohio State has an agreement with ProQuest/UMI to microfilm all approved Ohio State dissertations for archival purposes. This microfilmed archival copy is retained in the Ohio State libraries.

Delay Policy

Graduate students can apply to delay electronic access to their dissertations and theses for one to five years. These requests are reviewed by the Graduate School. If the initial request is granted, additional extensions can be requested up to five years. Graduate students bear the responsibility for requesting extensions. If the Graduate School does not receive a request for an extension,  OhioLINK  will release the document according to the original schedule. 

While a delay is applied to a student's document, the document title and abstract will be publicly available once the student's  OhioLINK  submission is published by the Graduate School.  

A publication delay approved for a doctoral dissertation on OhioLINK means that the document will not be sent to  Proquest/UMI  until the OhioLINK delay expires. If a ProQuest delay is still desired at that time, the student must request it directly through ProQuest. A separate form, the  UMI Publishing Agreement , must be completed and e-mailed directly to UMI/ProQuest to request a delay of publication on the Proquest Dissertation Publishing Database.

Requesting an Access Delay through OhioLINK

Graduate student can request a delay in access when they submit their document PDF to  OhioLI NK  and by submitting the Delay of Final Document form in  GRADFORMS .

  • Master's students: Check "Do not upload to UMI" box in the UMI Permissions box (Master’s theses are not archived through UMI.)
  • PhD and DMA students: Check "Upload my paper to UMI for traditional publishing."
  • Graduate students must also complete and submit the Graduate School’s Delay of Final Document Form via  GRADFORM

The OhioLink and GRADFORMS processes are both required. If a graduate student checks the OhioLINK delay button but does not submit Delay of Final Document form, the dissertation will be released for access.

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University Library and UMI offer Dissertation Express

Taking a cue from the Old West, albeit doing things a little more quickly, the University Library now offers “Dissertation Express.”

Individuals who need copies of dissertations now can get them in approximately two to three days, for only $15.

In the past, if you wanted a dissertation, you first had to visit a library and find out what library owned the dissertation. Then, if it was available, you’d have to borrow a microfilm copy, which might take several weeks to receive. Or you could contact University Microfilms Inc. (UMI) and purchase a copy, at approximately $35 and up to four weeks for delivery.

Thanks to a joint project of the Library and UMI, dissertations now are scanned on demand and then transformed from microfilm to digital text and printed unbound on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.

“The reproduction quality is excellent, including graphic material, and the response has been phenomenal,” says Wendy Lougee, director of the Digital Library Program. “We’ve done very basic advertising and had several hundred requests. And people are very pleased with the quality.”

Lougee says the next phase of the project will take the process at least one step further—sending digital images over the network to printers located on campus.

“This pilot project offers an attractive model for information delivery, Lougee notes, ‘just-in-time’ from publishers.”

Dissertation searchers also have access to Dissertation Abstracts International via the Internet through the “Ulibrary” gopher to help speed the search process.

Sample copies of digitally printed dissertations are available at the Graduate Library Reference and Information Center, the Interlibrary Loan Office (Room 106, Hatcher Library North) or the Engineering Library Reference Desk.

Express Dissertation orders can be placed at any University Library reference desk, and payment can be made by check (payable to UMI), money order or University account. Those using U-M accounts can place their orders via e-mail to [email protected].

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