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UW-L Master's Theses, Available Online

Many theses and dissertations written by UW-L students are available online at MINDS@UW.


UW-L Master's Theses, Listed in the Library Catalog

Searching the Catalog:

The best method to identify master's theses written at UW-L is to search Search@UW for the search terms: "la crosse" AND thesis

Example: "la crosse" AND thesis AND recreation AND wisconsin

For UW-L undergraduate papers and theses, instead of the search term "thesis" use the search phrase: "seminar papers"

For UW-L graduate projects (MEPD students), instead of "thesis" use the search phrase: "graduate projects"

You may also choose to browse the library catalog by Library of Congress call number.  Browse for the call number WT for master's theses, WS for undergraduate seminar papers, or WX for MEPD graduate projects.  These materials are shelved by call number in the second floor stacks in the library.

Example: WT

First, select the Browse Search function in Search@UW:


Then, enter the call number to browse:


UW-L Master's Theses, On the Shelves in the Library

Browsing the Stacks:

Theses written by UW-L students can be found in the second floor stacks (1958-2009) and in Special Collections (1958-present), shelved at the call number: WT

Seminar papers written by UW-L students from 1958-2010 can be found in the second floor stacks and in Special Collections, shelved at the call number: WS

Graduate projects written by UW-L students from 1979-2009 can be found in the second floor stacks and in Special Collections, shelved at the call number: WX


Dissertations and Theses on Microform

Murphy Library has a collection of master's and doctorial microfiche collection of papers in physical education. The set is compiled by the University of Oregon. The papers are cataloged and can be searched in the same way as described above. Use the term thesis and other search terms to find master's and doctoral papers in this collection. 

The library also subscribes to other compilations and directories of theses and dissertations on microfilm or microfiche. Please contact Reference Services for more information.

Murphy Library Databases

  • Dissertations & Theses [PQDT] (ProQuest)  
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    Index of all doctoral dissertations and some master's theses from most North American and many European colleges and universities. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Access made possible by UW-L Student Differential Tuition.
  • American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955  Icon  Icon
    Provides electronic access to Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, the comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities during that time period. Containing twenty-two years of dissertation research and amounting to nearly 100,000 citations, it was created with the support of the H. W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston.
    Please note: the link above is tied to a profile with other UW-La Crosse EBSCOhost databases. For true open access, please access the database at:
  • OregonPDF in Health & Performance  Icon  Icon
    Collection of graduate research studies (theses and dissertations) on movement and physical activity. Topics include physical activity, physical fitness, activities of daily living, work, sport and athletics, recreation, dance, and play. Study participants include children, adults; elderly, individuals with disabilities, injury or disease; and athletes. Citations and abstracts are included with links to full text PDFs. Coverage: At least 1996 to present. Updated annually.
  • ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)  
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    Indexes over 30,000 business related dissertations.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    The Murphy Library Interlibrary Loan service is sometimes able to borrow dissertations from other libraries. There is no fee for this service.

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