If you still can't find it, being too specific is the usual reason:
- Names: You know Bill Smith, but his dissertation would be under his full legal name,
Ferdinand William Smith, which he never uses now. Try using just the last name in your search,
and combine it with one or more words from the title. Married names change, and the professor you
know now as Maxine Wellington-Smythe might have her dissertation under Maxine Wellington. If a
precise name search doesn't yield results, make the search fuzzier.
- Titles: The title you heard somewhere might have been misremembered or misquoted. If an exact search
doesn't work, try one or two meaningful words only as KEYWORDS.
- Years: A student may have turned in the dissertation in December 1997, but the degree date
might be 1998, when one degree-granting ceremony was held. Try searching a span of two to three years,
or limit to a decade, if the exact year doesn't yield results.
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