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Mat-Su College: Anthropology

A guide for students taking Anthropology courses at Mat-Su College.


Dissertations: what and why

A dissertation is a really long paper that students write in order to get their PhD. There are two nice things about using PhDs:

  • Since they have to be long, they have lots of information
  • Dissertations have to contribute new knowledge to a field, so sometimes you'll find a dissertation with unique knowledge that doesn't exist anywhere else

Using a database called "Dissertations & Theses Global" you can easily search and read many dissertations (and master's degree theses). 

Bonus: lots of dissertations from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are included in there, so Alaska topics are pretty well represented!