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HIST 300: Guide for History Thesis Writers

InterLibrary Loan

If you have any questions about an ILL request, do not hesitate to email  The ILL office is in our Main library and the staff will respond promptly.

If ILL cancels your request and you have questions about why, contact Carol Lynn Marshall for help. Often it's because of an incomplete citation or because the material requested in archival material and therefore non-circulating at the library who owns it.

History theses from previous years

To find history theses written between 1940 and 2006, search the library catalog using Advanced Search

In the box labeled location, scroll down and select "Archive/SpecColl (Thesis)"

Search by keyword, or to browse them all search by keyword "history".  The search will turn up a couple non-History department theses that use the word "history" in their title, but other than that, it's an effective search for browsing.

Visiting other libraries

In WorldCat, if you click "Libraries worldwide that own this item" you will see a list of libraries who own the item, presented in geographical order based on their distance from Vassar. If you cannot borrow an item through InterLibrary Loan, you can go look at it in person.

If you need to visit another library or archive for your thesis research ALWAYS CONFIRM AHEAD. Speak with a librarian or archivist to plan your visit. You want to confirm that you will be given access to the library and that the resources you need will be available. You might need to make an appointment, bring a letter of introduction, or another requirement for access.  Please feel free to speak with Carol Lynn Marshall before you contact the other library, she has a few tips of the trade she is always happy to share.