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Does a Ph.D. dissertation usually have an ISBN?

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ISBN is for books. Is it a standard procedure to assign an ISBN for a Ph.D. thesis?

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Some institutions publish each PHD thesis as a book, and then they assign ISBN to each. E.g., theses done at CWI, Amsterdam. To my knowledge, this is quite uncommon throughout the world, but does exist in certain places.

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No, it would be unusual for a thesis to have an ISBN. It would be an unnecessary expense.

Edit: The Astrophysics Data System says my dissertation has an ISBN. However, the ISBN provided cannot be used to find my dissertation.


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Does a Ph.D. dissertation usually have an ISBN?

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ISBN is for books. Is it a standard procedure to assign an ISBN for a Ph.D. thesis?


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Some institutions publish each PHD thesis as a book, and then they assign ISBN to each. E.g., theses done at CWI, Amsterdam. To my knowledge, this is quite uncommon throughout the world, but does exist in certain places.

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It seems that ProQuest's search tool is misleading, I found my (british) thesis on their search tool with a link to order it, but attempting to proceed to the checkout process gives the message " The dissertation or thesis you requested is not available for purchase at this time. ". There is a number listed in the search, but said number has the wrong number of digits to be an ISBN. - Peter Green Jan 12 at 16:49

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