Some degree programs ask for a dissertation or thesis as part of the graduation requirement. At some point you may want to look at examples of this type of academic work as you complete your own degree at Luther Seminary. This brief tutorial will lay out a couple methods for searching out and accessing these works through the library.
SCENARIO ONE: "I just want to see what one looks like."
In this scenario you're not too particular about the subject matter, you simply want to see what the finished product looks like. You have two options:
Visit the Luther Library and go up to Level 8 in the book stacks. At the far end of the main collection you'll find bound copies of every thesis or dissertation submitted at the seminary. Theses are grouped into three sections: D.Min. (red binding), M.A.(black binding), and Ph.D. (blue binding). Within each degree program, theses are shelved alphabetically by author's last name.
Luther Seminary now requires an electronic copy to be stored in its open access digital collection; this collection can be accessed from the library's webpage using the Digital Scholarship@LutherSeminary link.
Once you reach that website use the following series of links:
Theses are grouped by year of submission. Download the work immediately using the PDF link next to the title. The hyperlinked title brings up detailed information about the work.
NOTE: There may be an embargo placed on more recent titles, meaning the work is unavailable to download until a future date. The embargo warning will include that date.
SCENARIO TWO: "I'm looking for something a little more specific." Limiting by degree program and date.
In the search box, type the following:
SCENARIO THREE: "Yeah, but has anyone else written on my subject?"
Set the first Search Index to Keyword, and in the Search Term box, type the following:
Add specific subject information in the next row of boxes