Theses & Dissertations

Theses and Dissertations allow a degree candidate to demonstrate their ability to perform research in their field. The Wahlstrom Library can support you during the process.

A thesis or dissertation is a lengthy, involved project for which advanced planning is necessary to ensure success. Consult your program's specific thesis / dissertation guidelines, rules and timelines and talk to your advisor when planning. If you aren't certain of the viability of a topic, doing a literature review will help give you an idea of whether research into your topic will be of value to your field. If you find that the topic is valid, your advisor can then help you decide whether the scope of your project will allow you to complete it in a timely manner.

If you want some tips on how to most efficiently find the most relevant articles supporting your thesis, this is a great time to contact a librarian and schedule a research consultation. We can help you identify relevant search terms, navigate the most useful article databases, and order any needed resources that UB doesn't own through Interlibrary Loan.

If you want to use citation management software - the University of Bridgeport makes Endnote available through the University portal on the Academic and Campus Technology Services page. This software can be used to collect and manage the citation of each resource you use in your research.

When it is time to schedule your dissertation defense, the Wahlstrom Library has rooms available that are perfect for this. To book the Discovery Pavilion, talk to a library staff member and make sure you book the room for at least a half hour before the committee will arrive. You will be nervous and will want to load your presentation and test the equipment ahead of time on that day. (Trust us, we've seen this many times.) Also, call the library at ext. 4747 to confirm your reservation a couple of days before your Dissertation Defense is scheduled.

Some departments here at the University of Bridgeport will require that you archive your final draft in an online resource like the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Find out any associated cost(s) ahead of time so you won't be surprised by this at the end of the academic year. If you have questions about submitting your work to ProQuest, this is another area where the librarians can answer your questions.

It is also highly recommended that you submit a digital copy of your completed Dissertation or Thesis to the University of Bridgeport's institutional repository, ScholarWorks. Doing so will allow you and others to access your work online in a controlled environment. You can see examples of other theses and dissertations by department: