Dissertations and theses can be a helpful research resource for graduate students. Why use dissertations and theses? They provide examples of what dissertations and theses in your field look like. They include robust bibliographies that you can browse for useful sources. They present original research, just like journal articles. Locating dissertations and theses. ThinkIR: What? UofL’s institutional repository is home to UofL graduate student dissertations and theses. Where? ir.library.louisville.edu. How? Search using keywords or browse dissertations and theses from students in your department. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: What? A database of dissertations and theses written by graduate students all over the world. Where? On the library’s Databases A-Z list linked from the library homepage. How? Search using keywords or specify topic, author, institution, and more.