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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

A tutorial on how to successfully use the functions of ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.

Retrieving Items from ProQuest

To retrieve an item from ProQuest's search results page, you have a several options depending on the item's availability.  This process applies to all of ProQuest's databases.  However, if you are searching Theses & Dissertations A&I and/or Dissertations and Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection, you should have access to all items in those databases (likely in the form of a downloadable PDF file).  Your retrieval options are:

  • "Full text - PDF" or "Full text."

            Provides a downloadable PDF file of the entire document.

  • Order a Copy

           This requires paying for the item, but you will receive a hard copy.

  • Abstract/Details

            This provides the abstract of a source or a brief overview of the item's content.

  • Preview - PDF

            Displays a preview of the source (the first chapter or so) but not the entire work.

  • Find it!

            The "Find it!" option allows you to submit an Interlibrary Loan request (ILL) for the item.  You will need to fill out a form with your library credentials (name and library barcode number, located on your student ID card).  In some cases, these requests cannot be filled, but the library will try to fulfill as many requests as possible.


"Find It!" Screen

find it page

To use the "Find It!" Interlibrary Loan retrieval option:

1. Click on the yellow "Find It!" icon on your search result.

2. Click on "Submit an ILL request for this item." It is located under the phrase "Can't find the full text?"

3. An ILL online form will pop up on the next page.  Type in your library credentials, including your name, address (Tiffin University's campus address), school email, phone number, date by which you need the item, and any comments you may have about the item (optional).

4. On the bottom portion of the online form, information about the item you are requesting will be prefilled.  If there is any other information you would like to add about the item you are requesting, such as a specific volume of a journal or set of pages, then you can add them under the appropriate fields.  If you need this extra information for your request, it is located on the item's search result profile.

5. Click "Submit" to finalize your request.


Interlibrary Loan Request Online Form


interlibrary loan online form