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CSUS Thesis Project or Dissertation

Theses Locations

The Theses Collection is located on the Lower Level, shelved alphabetically according to author's last name. The Library creates an alpha/numerical call number that represents the author's first and last name. Theses that include media are housed in the Library Media Center.

Each thesis represents a graduate student's original, master's-level research and can be useful to other students due to the specificity of topics and the focus on local issues.  We retain permanent microfiche copies of each thesis in the Library Media Center and the Special Collections and University Archives.  Doctoral dissertations from the EdD program are housed in a similar manner.

Once a Master's theses or project is completed and submitted, it may take a year before the Library receives a paper copy of a thesis or project. The Library tries to keep two copies of every thesis and project: one hard-bound, paper copy shelved on the Lower Level and one microfiche copy, located in cabinets 86-87 in the Library Media Center. Microfiche are arranged by year and author's last name. Additionally, a permanent microfiche copy is also retained by University Archives.

Since 2009-2010 academic year, CSU theses have been submitted in digital format and can be found online in full-text at the Chancellor's Office project site:  Scholarworks.


Some theses also include media, such as slides or videotape. In OneSearch, these are marked "1 South LMC Theses." Ask for them at the counter in the Library Media Center.