"a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings."
"In some contexts, the word "thesis" is used for part of a bachelor's or master's course, while "dissertation" is normally applied to a doctorate, while in others, the reverse is true."
Thesis. (2016, September 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Is the dissertation you need not available online? Eligible researchers may request dissertations held by other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Keep in mind that libraries may only keep one copy of a dissertation or thesis. If an institution will not loan their theses/dissertations, ILL will notify you and cancel the request.
Researchers who are not affiliated with UNM and who wish to access UNM theses and dissertations are advised to first check UNM's institutional repository to see if the item is available online. If not, researchers may request copies of these works through their library's ILL office.