By the end of this module, you will know how to find:
- University of New England theses.
- world-wide digital theses collections
- national collections of digital theses.
- theses in progress.
Recent UNE theses
Many recent UNE theses are available 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 the item with a simple search in the Search, just like any other item.
If the thesis you require is not in Search, 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.
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global): PQDT Global is the world's most comprehensive digital thesis collection providing immediate access to the full text of over 2 million dissertations and theses.
- Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD): this site offers links to 1.6 million full-text digital theses and dissertations.
- OpenDissertations.org: this site offers links to more than 800,000 digital theses and dissertations through EBSCO's search interface.
- OpenDOAR allows you to search the digital theses holdings of multiple universities at once.
- NDLTD: NDLTD makes available digital theses from libraries across the world, as well as a list of country-wide theses collections.
- DART-Europe E-theses Portal: DART provides full-text theses from 12 European countries
- BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine): BASE has more than 25 million records from 1,700 repositories worldwide.
Trove provides links to Australian digital theses and details of theses in paper form.
Libraries Australia provides you another means of searching for theses and dissertations held in Australian university libraries. Note that a search of Libraries Australia will also find theses from other countries held in Australian libraries.
- Go to the Libraries Australia search screen.
- Click on the Advanced Search tab.
- Choose your search type and keywords.
- Click in the check box next to the word Theses.
- Click on the Search button.
Many Australian universities now post the full-text of recent theses in their institutional repositories. Links to such repositories are usually found on the Library site for each university. The names of these repositories can vary greatly, so you will sometimes have to search around.
Theses at New Zealand Universities can be found using a number of sources. These include the following:
You may also like to search the library catalogues of individual higher education institutions in New Zealand or the New Zealand Libraries' Catalogue.
The most complete source on information about theses from North American universities is ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global (PQDT Global). PQDT Global provides details of over 4 million graduate theses and dissertations, with 2 million available in full text.
Another ProQuest product is PQDT Open, which provides open access theses and dissertations from the ProQuest collection. PQDT Open allows anyone to download free full-text dissertations and theses. You can search PQDT Open by date, author, title, school and keyword.
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.
NARCIS provides access to the full-text of theses from Dutch universities. Many of these theses are in English. All are available for immediate download. To search for a Dutch thesis:
- Go to the English-language version of the NARCIS main page.
- Enter your search terms.
- Click on Search.
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.
The online catalogue of the Deutsche National Bibliothek (DNB) allows you to search for dissertations and theses written at universities across Germany.
Theses from 1998 onwards are often available for immediate download. To find German theses:
- 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
- Click on the Finden button.
Indian digital theses are available in full-text through the Shodhganga Indian ETD Repository. To find the full-text of Indian theses, follow these steps:
- Go to the Shodhganga Repository.
- Enter your keywords in the Search Shodhganga search box.
- Click on the Go button.
Many theses and dissertation are available in full text through the Pakistan Research Repository. To retrieve digital theses from Pakistan, follow these steps:
- Go to the Pakistan Research Repository.
- Enter your keywords into the Quick Search box.
- Click on Search.
The DiVA portal allows you to search for theses at 34 universities and colleges of higher education in Sweden and Norway.
To search for Swedish and Norwegian theses:
- Go to DiVa.
- Click on the Student theses radio button.
- Enter your search terms.
- Click on Search.
An excellent starting point is Bases de Datos de Tesis Doctorales (TESEO). This source includes details of theses completed at Spanish universities since 1976. It can be searched by author, title, keyword, abstract, and university. To find Spanish theses:
- 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.
South African theses and dissertations are available in full-text through the National ETD Portal. To find relevant theses, follow these steps:
- Go to the National ETD Portal.
- Enter your search terms in the Search box.
- Click on Go.
Stanford University has a page on Dissertations and Theses on Africa. This page contains a set of relevant links on finding theses on African subjects.
This module has shown you how to find theses from:
- the University of New England.
- world-wide collections
- universities in different countries and parts of the world.