The Blume Library would like to make sure that your thesis or dissertation is available to a wide audience. The Proquest Thesis and Dissertation Global database provides an index and abstract so that others can find your work. The Blume Library will also catalog and place your work in the St. Mary's University Digital Commons so that your entire manuscript is available for anyone to read.
Students wishing to opt out of making a digital copy freely available through the University will need to indicate their preference by completing the Open Access Restriction form. Read the instructions below.
Directions for Submitting a Digital Copy of a Dissertation or Thesis
These steps outline the process for submitting a digital copy of your dissertation for publication once the Dean of your school approves it.
1. Follow the steps listed on Submitting Your Dissertation/Thesis on the ProQuest site. You will need to create an account to submit your digital copy.
2. Your dissertation/thesis must be in PDF format. Read ProQuest’s Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission for additional guidance.
3. Your Dean will verify your submission and make the final submission to ProQuest.
General information about submitting your dissertation/thesis electronically.
Students may bring print copies for their personal needs to the library for binding. Contact Marcella Lesher (210-431-2299 ext. 1322) or Cynthia Santos (210-431-2299 ext. 1361) for current prices. This process may take several weeks. Personal copies must be picked up from the library. We are no longer mailing these items.
St. Mary's dissertations (blue binding) are listed in the Library Catalog and are shelved on the 3rd Floor. Dissertations from 2016 to the present are available in electronic format only.
To find all dissertations written by students in our PhD program, search the keyword phrase: St. Marys dissertation*
Many Ph.D. dissertations written after 1996 can also be downloaded for free by currently enrolled St. Mary's students, faculty, or staff. Use the Dissertations (St. Mary's only) database to download St. Mary's dissertations. Most dissertations from 2017- are also available open access through the catalog.
Search the Library Catalog to find Master's theses. Masters degree theses (red binding) are are shelved on the 3rd Floor. Theses from 2017- are available in electronic format only.
Use this format to find theses via the Library Catalog keyword search: St. Marys University "department name" thesis
Theses have been written in several academic areas including ones not listed in the example searches section.
Honor's Program Theses
Search the Library Catalog to find Honor's Program theses. Honor's Program theses (blue binding) are shelved on the 3rd Floor.
To find a list of Honor's Program theses available in the library, use the following subject heading: