Update 2.12.16: For current information on how to search for senior theses, please see the Libguide: How to Search, Request to View, and Order Princeton University Senior Theses
The University Archives has launched an online archive of senior theses, and now there are new ways to search for, find, and view Princeton University senior theses.
Senior theses created between 1924 and 2012:
Theses created between 1924 and 2012 are in paper format or on microfiche, and can only be viewed in the Mudd Manuscript Library Reading Room.
To find and request a thesis from 1924 to 2012:
- Go to Books+ and enter the author’s name, title (or portion of the title)
- When search results appear, choose “Senior Thesis” under resource type (on the left side of the screen), which will limit your results only to senior theses
- Choose the thesis record by clicking on the title
- Go to the “Locations and Availability” tab, then click the blue button that says “Reading Room Request”
- You will be prompted to log in with your netid (PU students, faculty and staff) or to create an account as a non-Princeton University Patron
- Come to the Mudd Library to view the thesis during our hours of operation and let us know that you have a request in the system
Senior theses created in 2013:
All senior theses created in 2013 are in PDF format, but they are only viewable in full text at the computers in the reference room of the Mudd Library (i.e. “Walk-in Access”). You do not need to request 2013 theses prior to visiting the library. To see the listing for 2013 theses, visit the Senior Thesis Community page. Further DataSpace search tips follow.
Senior theses created in 2014 and in the future:
All 2014 and later senior theses are in PDF format, and most are accessible on any computer connected to the Princeton University network. A small number of theses are subject to temporary restrictions (embargo) or are restricted to computers in the reference room of the Mudd Library (i.e. “Walk-in Access”).
To search for 2013, 2014 (and future) theses, visit the Senior Thesis Community page in DataSpace.
Use the search box to enter the author’s name, the title, or keywords.
You can limit the search to a specific department by using the dropdown box labeled “In”.
To find a thesis written by a specific author:
Use the Browse button “Author” to see an alphabetical list of authors in the system.
Then click on a name to see an author’s thesis.
To find theses advised by a specific advisor:
The Browse button “Author” lists thesis authors as well as advisors in a combined listing. To find the name of an advisor, click on the Author button and scroll to the advisor’s name in the alphabetical listing, then click on the name to see the theses advised by this person. Please note, there may be multiple forms of name for each advisor, so check under each of the name entries for that individual (e.g. “Anthony Grafton,” “Anthony T. Grafton,” “Anthony Thomas Grafton”) to find all of the theses that this person advised.
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