A dissertation is a major part of the work for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in
history. A dissertation must be based on a substantial amount of original research
and submitted in acceptable form. It must represent a significant scholarly effort
and make an original contribution to the scholarship of your field.
For completed dissertations, the database ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I available
through the University Libraries allows the viewing of citations, abstracts, and full text. You may also purchase
copies in various formats from ProQuest. It appears to take several months for new
dissertations to be included in the database.
Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, dissertations at The University of Memphis
must be submitted to the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository (ETD). Authors may allow unrestricted access, allow access by University of Memphis
authorized users only, or deny access altogether, so a particular dissertation may
or may not be available through the repository.
The American Historical Association maintains a searchable Directory of History Dissertations which includes both completed dissertations and dissertations in progress. Generally,
dissertation records are added as part of the annual process of history departments
updating their entries in the Directory of History Departments and Organizations. Students currently working on dissertations who would like to be added to the list
of dissertations in progress should contact their director of graduate studies in
May to make sure their name and title will be included in their department’s annual