Master's theses and doctoral dissertations owned by the UWM Libraries are listed in the Library Catalog, by author, title, and subject. Theses and dissertations done at UWM, and in the libraries' collection, are classified by a department (given a base call number) and then arranged, generally, by the author's last name.
While theses and dissertations are currently required by the Graduate School to be deposited in the library, there are potentially titles, particularly from earlier years, that are not owned by the library, or the copy is no longer available; lack of a thesis/dissertation in the library does not mean the person did not complete that degree.
Occasionally a senior honors paper may also be deposited in the library and will be included in these lists. Some departments accept a master's paper as part of the requirement for a degree - the same publication criteria do not pertain and these are not deposited in the library.
Theses/dissertations with an (ARC) as part of the call number are located in the UWM Libraries Archives area, 2nd floor, west wing and do not circulate; those in microfiche only are listed as (MC), do not circulate, and should be requested from the Media and Reserve Library Service Desk (lower level, west wing).
UWM faculty, students, and staff have access to available online full text of doctoral dissertations (1997-current) via Dissertations & Theses @ University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Some full text online dissertations and masters may also be located through ABI/Inform.
Print copies of Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations have the same circulation policies as books: UWM Staff, students, faculty and Special Permit holders may check them out; UWM owned theses and dissertations located in the general collection can be checked out with a valid UWM ID card.
These titles are available to the general public for viewing and photocopying at the library, or may be requested through another library's interlibrary loan service (check with your library for details).
We are also starting to publish electronic copies of dissertations online at the UWM Digital Commons (beta) site.
A commercial company stores dissertations, through which anyone may purchase a copy to keep. See UMI Dissertation Express for more information.