What is a Dissertation or Thesis?
“The first American Ph.D. program was initiated at Yale University in 1860. The first recipient was James Morris Whiton, whose dissertation in Latin on the proverb "Brevis vita, ars longa" was accepted in 1861. Handwritten, it was six pages long.” Dissertation Lore , UMI (University Microfilm), http://www.umi.com/umi/dissertations/lore.shtml
Dissertations and theses are published items of original research, data or literature reviews on a specific subject. The University Libraries collects dissertations and theses electronically and in print form. This guide will assist you in finding a dissertation or thesis published at Notre Dame or another institution.