I can't help it; this is an important question and it deserves our attention. When this thread began, I mentioned that I located a useful J.S.D. dissertation from a Canadian school on an issue that I was researching and I wondered whether I'd have been able to find it if it had come from, say, NWCULaw. Since UMI doesn't accept dissertations from unaccredited schools, I assumed that the writer's lamp would be forever hidden under a cast-iron bushel. But after perusing the less inflammatory posts in this thread, I am again beset by doubt. What do you all think? Has the unprecedented ease of internet publication supplanted the UMI system? If so, does this new factor "knock one of the props out" from under the accredited-only doctorate argument?