Help FAQ - About Electronic Theses and Dissertations

How long will it be until I see my thesis or dissertation online?

We typically upload theses and dissertations into the UNT Digital Library within two weeks of the time we receive the files from UNT's Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. The UNT Library receives these files at the end of each semester.

How will people be able to access my thesis or dissertation?

Your electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD) is placed in the UNT Digital Library as a PDF file available for reading and/or downloading by all users, including being crawled and indexed by online search engines such as Google. Users may find your ETD by searching within the UNT Digital Library, by searching UNT Libraries' Catalog, or by using a web search engine.

What if I don't want to provide open access to my thesis or dissertation on the Internet?

To stimulate education and research, we encourage our graduate authors to expand the availability of theses and dissertations beyond the UNT community. However, graduate authors who have reasons to more fully restrict the distribution of their work may, at the time of submission, appeal to the UNT Graduate School for embargo or restriction. If your electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD) is restricted, an abstract will appear in the UNT Digital Library, but only members of the UNT community will be able to view the full text of the ETD.

Is it possible to move my thesis from restricted access to public access?

Yes. At UNT we encourage the widest possible dissemination of students' work. To "un-restrict" your previously restricted thesis or dissertation, please e-mail Graduate Reader Jill Kleister at for the necessary paperwork.

How do I log in from off campus to see a restricted electronic thesis or dissertation?

You must be affiliated with UNT to view a restricted electronic thesis or dissertation.

From the item record for the thesis or dissertation, select "All Formats" from the left sidebar. When the next screen opens, click "Download this thesis" or "Download this dissertation." A login prompt will appear. For user name, enter your UNT EUID. For password, enter your EUID password. Click the Submit button and the PDF of the thesis or dissertation will download.

If I'm not affiliated with UNT, how can I get a copy of a restricted electronic thesis or dissertation?

University policy prevents the UNT Digital Library from providing you with open access to the full text of electronic theses or dissertations that have been designated as restricted to the UNT community. However, you may be able to find a copy of the thesis or dissertation through the ProQuest service. Please check with your local library for access to ProQuest's dissertation and thesis products or see

What is ProQuest?

Official copies of theses and dissertations are distributed to the UNT Digital Library and, when the author requests it, to ProQuest, a corporation located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

ProQuest has published dissertations and theses since 1938. In addition to publishing, ProQuest provides access to graduate works for libraries around the world through a variety of databases. For more information, visit

Which version of a thesis or dissertation is more authoritative--UNT Digital Library or ProQuest?

Both the UNT Digital Library and ProQuest receive official copies of theses and dissertations. The text is identical in both products. You can use either service with confidence.

Please note: a thesis or dissertation is now placed in ProQuest only at the author's request. Therefore, the ProQuest service may not contain every thesis and dissertation from the University of North Texas.

Where can I find a UNT thesis or dissertation published prior to 1999?

All UNT theses and dissertations published prior to 1999 have now been digitized and added to the UNT Digital Library.

UNT theses and dissertations published prior to 1999 are also available in the UNT Libraries collections in paper or microformat. To locate a thesis or dissertation in one of these formats, please use the UNT Libraries' Catalog.

In addition, many UNT theses and dissertations are available full-text online through the ProQuest service. UNT Community members can access ProQuest through the Dissertations & Theses @ University of North Texas database available from the UNT Libraries' home page. Users not affiliated with UNT should consult their local library for assistance with ProQuest products.

Where can I find problems in lieu of thesis?

Problems in lieu of thesis are available in the Digital Library's UNT Graduate Student Works collection. This collection also contains supplemental files associated with theses and dissertations, posters, recitals, presentations, articles, reviews, book chapters, and artwork. We are still building the collection, so if you don't find the item you're looking for, please contact us.

I read a thesis on your site about the author's documentary film. How can I see the video?

Authors do not submit films to accompany their theses discussing their documentaries because display in the Digital Library could constitute a "preview" which would limit the students' ability to submit their films to competitions, etc. You could try contacting the author's major professor to see if he or she has information on availability of the film.

Who holds the copyright on theses and dissertations?

The author is the copyright holder for any thesis or dissertation written for a graduate degree at UNT.

How does the concept of fair use apply to using material from theses and dissertations?

You can learn more about fair use in the UNT Libraries' Copyright Quick Reference Guide. For more specific guidance on your particular situation, consult our Copyright Advisory Services.

Can you put me in touch with the author of a thesis or dissertation?

The UNT Digital Library does not have contact information for authors of UNT theses and dissertations. You may be able to obtain assistance from the author's major department or from the UNT Alumni Association.

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