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Theses and dissertations

 

Theses and dissertations can be difficult to find. They are not published and are not indexed in a consistent method.

Theses often contain unpublished primary research, statistics and findings.  This can be particularly relevant if the findings contradict those in published forms, and are therefore highly important in helping to minimise publication bias.

 

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Where to search

The following databases may be useful starting points:

  • DART Europe E-theses Portal "DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses." - About DART-Europe page

  • EThOS: Electronic Theses Online System. "Search over 400,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily."-- homepage. Register for free to download theses.

  • OAIster A global catalog of digital resources from open archive repositories – including theses. Search the world for a thesis on your subject using Advanced Search and Content Type “thesis”

  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations International collections of electronic theses and dissertations.

  • WorldCat Find items in libraries near you.

 

Trove search help

  1. Go to the Advanced search page.
     
  2. Enter your search terms.
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  3. Select the Thesis option from the Format menu.
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  4. From the results page you can see the theses under Books. Select view ... results to see all your results.
     
  5. Many of the theses are available online. Select the View online option to find the fulltext.

Proquest -Finding Theses and Dissertations

1. Go to the Advanced search page.

2. Enter you search terms

3. Select the source type Dissertations & Theses