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Thousands of MSU theses and dissertations now available online

February 12, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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The master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation of virtually every Montana State University graduate student since 1902 is now available online for the public to read and download.

The library recently digitized more than 5,000 theses and dissertations and loaded them into the library’s publicly accessible institutional repository, ScholarWorks, according to Kenning Arlitsch, dean of the MSU Library. Previously, those scholarly works were available only in print at the library.

Because the library had also been adding newer electronic theses and dissertations to ScholarWorks for the last several years, the collection of MSU electronic theses and dissertations in ScholarWorks now numbers about 7,500, Arlitsch said.  Internet search engines such as Google and Google Scholar will also harvest the theses and dissertations to make them discoverable to a worldwide audience.

“The library is pleased to make these thousands of scholarly works more widely accessible,” said Leila Sterman, scholarly communication librarian. “They are an important piece of institutional history, and included in these documents are important works of research that have been produced over the years.”

Topics range from wheat to railroads to home economics to historical figures.

“This is good information, and it will be well-used,” she said.

To search for a specific work or to browse the theses and dissertations online, visit

Contact: Kenning Arlitsch, (406) 994-6978 or; or Leila Sterman, (406) 994-4519 or