Theses

The links below will guide you to sources of digital theses world-wide.

UNE theses

Recent UNE theses

Many recent UNE theses are available for immediate download from Research UNE

Older UNE theses

The University Library keeps copies of most Masters and PhD theses and some Honours theses. If you know the author's name or the exact title you can locate it in Library Search, just like any other item. You will usually be able to order a digital copy of the thesis through Library Search.

If the thesis you require is not in Library Search or Research UNE, it is possible that it is held elsewhere on campus. Some schools keep copies of fourth year, Honours and M.Litt theses. Contact the relevant School if you need to read these theses.

International collections
Australian theses

Trove

  • Trove has links to Australian digital theses and details of older theses in paper. Enter your keywords, select Research & Reports from the Advanced Search pull-down menu, run your search and then limit your results to Theses.

Institutional repositories

New Zealand theses

Theses from multiple universities

  • NZResearch.org: use the Advanced Search and limit your search to Theses.
  • Te Puna Search: run your search and then limit your results to theses using the Thesis,Dissertation facet. Te Puna allows you to search for theses in the combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries on WorldCat.
  • Trove: Trove also includes records for theses from New Zealand. Enter your keywords, select Research & Reports from the Advanced Search pull-down menu, run your search and then limit your results to Theses.

Institutional repositories

Institutional repositories are often the best source for digital theses you can download immediately.

  • OpenDOAR has a list of New Zealand institutional repositories.

Below are direct links to the institutional repositories of the eight New Zealand universities and the Waikato Institute of Technology.

UK and Irish theses

EthOS

Institutional repositories in the United Kingdom

Institutional repositories are often the best source for digital theses you can download immediately.

Cambridge and Oxford are the two premier universities in the United KIngdom. Their institutional repositories are usually worth a look:

  • Apollo: (University of Cambridge).
  • ORA: (Oxford University).

Institutional repositories in the Irish Republic

The instituional repositories of four of the leading universities in the Republic are:

University College Dublin OneSearch

  • OneSearch: the UCD's discovery layer includes links to the full text of theses from both the UK and Ireland.

Older Welsh theses

  • National Library of Wales: enter your keywords and select Thesis Collection Wales from the pull-down menu before running your search. Note: search results include both theses and published works that began as dissertations.
US theses

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global)

  • PQDT Global): This source offers the full-text of most, but not all, dissertations and masters thesis completed at universities in the United States from 1997. Some earlier theses are also available in full-text.

If you don't find the thesis you want in PQDT, don't be discouraged. Not everything is there. Many US institutions don't contribute (eg John Hopkins University), and others now prefer to post digital theses in their institutional repository as Open Access (Harvard).

Institutional repositories

  • OpenDOAR has a list of over 900 United States institutional repositories.

Links to the institutional repositories of some major US research universities are below:

Details of many theses may be findable only in the library catalogues of the relevant institution. Not all US universities have stand-alone institututional repositories. Stanford University theses are findable only through SearchWorks: there is no way to search the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) separately.

Canadian theses

Theses Canada

The Theses Canada portal allows you to retrieve the full-text of many Canadian theses and dissertations. To find digital theses from Canada follow these steps:

  • Go to Theses Canada.
  • Click in the Electronic theses check box.
  • Choose Keyword from the Choose one pull-down menu.
  • Enter your keyword or keywords.
  • Click on the Submit button.

Institutional repositories

Links to the institutional repositories of some of the top research universities in Canada are below:

Bangladeshi theses

Institutional repositories

  • OpenDOAR has a list of Bangladeshi universities.
Dutch theses

NARCIS

To search for Dutch thesis from multiple universities:

  • Go to the English-language version of the NARCIS main page.
  • Enter your search terms.
  • Click on Search.

HBO Kennisbank

Theses from 26 Dutch universities of applied sciences are available from HBO Kennisbank:

  • Go to the HBO Kennisbank main page.
  • Select EN from the pull-down language menu at the upper right.
  • Enter your search terms.
  • Click on Search.

Institutional repositories

French theses

SUDOC

The Système universitaire de documentation (SUDOC) provides an online catalog for theses holdings at French academic libraries. Coverage goes back to 1972 for theses in the humanities and social sciences. SUDOC theses are not generally available in full-text.

  • Go to the SUDOC Advanced Search page.
  • Choose your search limiter from the pull-down menus to the right, eg Mots sujet (Subject words), Mots du titre (Title words), Mots auteur(s) (Author words).
  • Enter your keywords.
  • Uncheck everything except Thèses (version de soutenance) under Type de Publication.
  • Click on Recherche.

Theses from multiple institutions

Useful sources include:

  • ABES provides quick searching of SUDOC, theses.fr, Calames and IdRef.
  • HAL provides an easy to use English-language search interface. Deselect all checkboxes except those for Theses and Habilitation à diriger des recherches before running your search.
  • theses.fr offers a English language interface. Many theses are available for immediate download.
  • TEL (thèses-EN-ligne) holds digital theses submitted by the thesis authors.

Institutional repositories

Many French universities and grandes écoles have created institutional repositories.

  • OpenDOAR has a list of French institutional repositories.

LInks to the institutional repositories of some major French higher educational institutions are below:

German-language theses

Austria

Österreichische Dissertationsdatenbank
  • The Österreichische Dissertationsdatenbank provides abstracts for over 100,000 dissertations and theses from the theses collections of Austrian universities. Some are available for immediate download.
Austrian institutional repositories

These include:

Federal Republic of Germany

Deutsche National Bibliothek (DNB)
  • The online catalogue of the Deutsche National Bibliothek (DNB) allows you to search for dissertations and theses written at universities across Germany.

To find all German theses in the DNB:

  • Go to the DNB Advanced Search page.
  • Choose Alle Begriffe from the first pull-down menu.
  • Enter your keywords in the search box to the right.
  • Choose Hochschulscriftenvermerk from the second pull-down menu.
  • Enter diss or habil in the second search box to the right. Note: German PhD theses come in two types: the inaugural thesis (Inauguraldissertation) and the more advanced habilitation thesis (Habilitationsschrift).
  • Click on the Finden button.

The DNB's DissOnline service allows you to limit your search to Open Access theses available for immediate download.

  • Go to the DNB Advanced Search page.
  • Choose Alle Begriffe from the first pull-down menu.
  • Select the Online Ressourcen check box.
  • Click on the Standorte/Kataloge tab.
  • Select the Hochschulschriften and Online (frei zugänglich) check boxes.
  • Click on the Finden button.
German institutional repositories

Links to the institutional repositories of some of the major German research universities are below:

To search the thesis holdings of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, use the institution's discovery layer:

Switzerland

Helveticat

Helveticat is the online catalogue of the Schweizerischen Nationalbibliothek (NB), the Swiss national library.

  • Helveticat: add the the word diss to your search terms in order to limit your search to theses.
Swiss institutional repositories
Finnish theses

Finna.fi

  • Finna.fi is an online collection of resources from Finnish cultural institutions. You can use this site to find theses from multiple Finnish institutions at once.

Follow these steps:

  • Go to Advanced Search
  • Enter your keywords.
  • Select the Thesis check box from the Content type menu.
  • Click on the Find button.
  • If you want to limit your search to theses available for immediate download, click on the Available online check box next to the list of search results.

The FInna.fi site also has a list of links to Finnish institutional repositories.

Institutional repositories

These include:

Italian theses

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Tesionline

  • Tesionline allows you to find and buy Italian theses submitted by their authors.

To search:

  • Go to the Tesionline search page.
  • Enter your keywords.
  • Click on Cerca Tesi.

Institutional repositories

  • OpenDOAR has a list of Italian institutional repositories.

LInks to the institutional repositories of three leading Italian research universities are below:

Indian theses

IndCat

  • IndCat is the online union catalogue for Indian universities. It is most useful for finding details of older Indian theses.

Shodhganga

Use Shodhganga to find newer Indian theses in full-text.

  • Go to the Shodhganga.
  • Enter your keywords in the Search Shodhganga search box.
  • Click on the Go button.

Explorations

  • Explorations is an Open Access Repository of Indian theses provided by the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.The collection is small, but growing.

Institutional repositories

  • OpenDOAR has a list of Indian institutional repositories.
Indonesian theses

Institutional repositories

Japanese theses

National Diet Library Online

CiNii Dissertations

  • CiNii Dissertations includes bibliographic information and links to full-text theses where available.

IRDB

  • IRDB allows you to search the holdings of multiple Japanese institutional repositories at once. Note that IRDB includes many types of documents, not just theses.

Institutional repositories

Links to the institutional repositories of some major Japanese research universities are below:

Malaysian theses

MyTo

  • Malaysian Theses Online (MyTo) is a central repository of theses and dissertations from public and private universities across Malaysia. Many theses are downloadable immediately in PDF format.

Institutional repositories

  • OpenDOAR has a list of Malaysian institutional repositories.
Pacific theses

Institutional repositories

Pakistani theses

Pakistan Research Repository

To retrieve digital theses from Pakistan from the repository, follow these steps:

Institutional repositories

Papua New Guinean theses

PNG University of Technology

Filipino theses

Institutional repositories

Singaporean Theses

Institutional repositories

Scandinavian theses

Denmark

Danish National Research Database
Royal Danish Library
  • The Royal Danish Library holds paper and digital theses from four Danish universities: Aarhus University, Copenhagen University, the IT University, and Roskilde University. Run an Advanced Search and limit Material Type to Dissertations.
Danish institutional repositories

Norway

NORA
  • NORA seeks to harvest the content of all Norwegian institutional repositories. Records include links to full-text where available.
Norwegian institutional repositories

Links to the repositories of some Norwegian universities are below:

  • AURA (University of Agder).
  • BORA (University of Bergen).
  • DUO (University of Oslo).
  • Munin (University of Tromsø).

Sweden

Theses from multiple institutions

You can search for theses from multiple institutions at the same time using the following:

  • Avhandlingar.se provides details for Swedish dissertations. Many are available in full-text.
  • Dissertations.se offers bibliographic information for over 70,000 theses and dissertations. About half of these are available in full-text.
  • DiVa provides access to theses written at more than 45 Swedish universities and research institutes. Many theses are available in full-text.
  • SwePub allows you to find dissertations and other academic publications from a number of Swedish universities.
Swedish Institutional repositories

Iceland

Icelandic institutional repositories
Spanish theses

TESEO

  • Bases de Datos de Tesis Doctorales (TESEO) includes details of theses completed at Spanish universities since 1976.

To find Spanish theses on TESEO:

  • Go to the TESEO search page.
  • Enter your keywords in the box next to the words con todas las palabras.
  • Click on Buscar en Teseo.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes

Institutional repositories

South African theses

National ETD Portal

Instiutional repositories

Below are links to institutional repositories at major research universities in South Africa: