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There are two ways to find Cornell dissertations. You can search , a subset of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, or go to and choose the Advanced Search. In a search box, type "Cornell"; from the adjacent drop-down menu, select School name/code and enter your search terms in the remaining search boxes to target your search. From the results, you can use citations to search the Cornell Library catalog for individual titles. In some cases, results will have the full-text of the dissertation and/or links to purchase the dissertation.
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