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Music: Dissertations

A research guide for finding music in various formats in the Yale University Library, and for beginning research on music.

Dissertations and Theses

Search for dissertations in Quicksearch:

The Music Library has purchased many copies of dissertations from other universities.  Most Yale dissertations that are not full-text in ProQuest (above) are available in paper or microfilm for reading, scanning, or printing.

Dissertations can be located in Quicksearch by:
(1) Entering the author or title in the Basic Search box. Remember to enclose exact word-by-word phrases in quotation marks.

(2) Using the Quicksearch Books+ Advanced Search:

  • To browse all dissertations & theses, leave the search rows empty, enter All fields: music, or enter your search terms in the search boxes
  • Limit by Format: Dissertation & Theses
  • Limit by Location: Music Library (optional) 
  • Click See More under the Subject facets (on the left), to browse the subject headings and refine your search


(a) The example below shows a blank search limited to Dissertations & Theses format and Music Library location: 2,727 results.

(b) The example belos shows a search for All fields: music, limited to Format: Dissertations & Theses. Results = 4,217

3) If you do not locate a Yale dissertation in Quicksearch, check the card catalog at Manuscripts and Archives. Except for some early dissertations that are not available, the originals of all Yale dissertations are held at Manuscripts and Archives.

How to get a copy

If you find a dissertation that you need, but there is not a full text link, there are several options: search for it at Yale, borrow a copy through Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan (ILL), or request that the library purchase a copy.  You may also purchase a copy in various formats.

Citing Electronic Resources

There are three major citation styles used in the humanities, social sciences, and some scientific disciplines. Consult one of the following official style manuals :