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Theses completed for higher research degrees (PhD, Masters or Honours) form an important body of original research.
There are a number of places you can search for Australian theses, we have outlined the three main sources for you below.
National Library collection
While the Library holds a selection of theses presented to Australian universities, we do not have a comprehensive collection.
To search the Library's collection for a thesis on a particular subject:
- Go to our online catalogue
- Type in your subject keywords, and add the keywords dissertation or thesis, for example: "global warming" AND thesis ; alpine AND thesis
To browse theses in the Library's collection:
- Select 'Browse alphabetically' and 'subject'
- Enter the terms 'Dissertations Academic'; for example: Dissertations Academic
- Add the country of publication if known; for example: Dissertations Academic Australia
- Hit browse.
We also hold a number of useful reference books on finding Australian theses, including:
- Guide to Microform Research Collections in the National Library of Australia . 1992. See pages 148-149 for an outline of the Australian and overseas theses held on microform at the National Library. This title is available on open access in the Newspapers and Family History zone .
- Union List of Higher Degree Theses in Australian University Libraries . 1959+ A list of theses submitted for a higher degree at Australian universities. The list is arranged by author, subject and keyword indexes. Supplements covering the period 1961-1976 and 1976-1991 can also be accessed via the catalogue.
Other Australian collections
Use the Library's discovery service Trove to search for Australian and overseas theses in over one thousand Australian collecting institutions.
For a basic thesis search:
- Go to the homepage of Trove, type in your search terms and hit search
- Select the Books & Libraries category
- Select the 'Thesis' facet under 'Format' on the right-hand side.
If you'd like to use more advanced options in your search, on the results page you can click on advanced search (underneath the magnifying glass icon) to see the options available.
Hint: to find thesis that are freely available online, narrow your search results to 'Freely available' under 'Online'.
You can find more search tips and strategies on Trove's Australian theses blog .
In most cases, a copy of a thesis is deposited in the library of the relevant university.
You can access the online catalogues of Australian university libraries through the Australian Libraries Gateway . Links to many university libraries are also available through the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) .
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The National Library of Australia's Trove is a free repository of Australian material, including almost a million Australian theses.
Via the ' Australian theses ' section of the Trove website, you can find how to:
- Browse recently produced theses
- Browse recent Australian theses
- Do a more advanced, specific search for theses
- Find a particular institution’s theses only
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Find Australian theses (electronic)
Search TROVE to find links to all theses from Australian Universities.
- On the Research & Reports page in TROVE enter your keywords, title, author (creator) or subject
- Then select 'Thesis' in the 'Format' dropdown
TROVE have created a Quick search guide to help you locate theses on their site.
The National Library of Australia holds a selection of theses presented to Australian universities.
- Australian Education Research Theses A comprehensive source of research found in doctoral and masters research theses accepted by all Australian universities in the field of education. It also includes some overseas theses on Australian education topics.
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global This link opens in a new window Abstracts and indexes of doctoral dissertations and master's theses in all subjects completed at accredited Australian, North American and selected European colleges and universities from 1743 to the present day.
You can also search for digital theses through an institution's digital repository.
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You can access theses from Australian universities using Trove from the National Library of Australia.
- Click on Advanced Search
- Type your search terms
- Go to Limit your results to , and check Australian content
- At the Format box select Thesis
- Click Search
The theses will be displayed under the Books heading in the search results.
You can Refine your results to display only online items.
If a particular thesis is not available online, you may submit a Document Delivery Request to the Library.
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Some theses from other universities may be available at Monash. Use Search to check for availability.
Theses that are not available at one of the Monash libraries, or in full text via Trove or another online repository, may be requested via Document Delivery .
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Finding Australian Theses
Trove includes doctoral, masters and some honours theses from all Australian and New Zealand universities. Trove also includes theses awarded elsewhere but held by Australian institutions.
Tips: To search for theses type in the title, author and/or keywords. Then on the results page refine your search to 'thesis' using the facets on the left. Refine further by decade or language if necessary.
Alternatively use the Advanced search and either include "thesis" as a keyword or limit your result to format = thesis.
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Finding UNSW theses
UNSW PhD or Masters by Research theses can be located via UNSWorks . For honours theses, contact the UNSW faculty, school or the author directly.
For more information on rights of use and removing material in UNSWorks see Copyright - UNSWorks .
Finding Australian and international theses
To find Australian theses, search via:
Library collection To find UNSW Library’s collection of Australian and international theses in print, search Library collection for a title or keywords. Refine your results by selecting Refine my results > Resource types > Dissertations in the column on the left.
Trove - Australian print and digital theses Trove includes theses at all levels, including PhD, masters and honours. To limit your search to Australian theses only, use Trove - Research & Reports search. Tick the Australian content box. Next to Format - select Thesis from the drop-down list.
To find international theses, search via:
ProQuest dissertations & theses global ProQuest dissertations & theses global is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, including works from 1743 to the present day including full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.
BASE BASE academic search engine provides access to the repositories of 8,000 institutions. 60% of the full-text documents are open access.
CORE CORE aggregates open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide.
DART-Europe e-theses portal DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia working to improve global access to European research theses.
EBSCO open dissertations Includes the content from American Doctoral Dissertations in addition to theses and dissertations from around the world. Coverage from 1955
EThOS e-theses online service EThOS is a free research tool that provides access to UK doctoral research.
Open access theses and dissertations OATD provides access to open access graduate theses from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions.
Theses Canada Theses and dissertations in the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collection.
To obtain a thesis that is not available via the resources listed above, contact the library of the holding/publishing institution directly. Conditions of access to a thesis are determined by the author and holding library, and is outside the control of UNSW Library.
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- Online Griffith University theses via GRO (Griffith Research Online) Griffith Research Online (GRO) is the institutional repository for Griffith Research publications, including Griffith Higher Degree by Research theses.
Find Australian theses in Trove
Trove, from the National Library of Australia, provides a quick way to access online and print theses from Australian and New Zealand universities.
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Enter your topic keywords in quotes, e.g. "vitamin d" theses site:edu . This searches for theses specifically on the .edu domain.
Google Scholar searches scholarly information including journal articles, conference papers, theses, technical reports and books. Google Scholar's coverage of Open Access journal articles and papers is more comprehensive than the Library catalogue or Library databases.
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Accessing the UOW thesis collection
The UOW thesis collection, available on Research Online, contains Higher Degree Research (HDR) theses, and selected Honours theses.
How to find UOW theses
Digital copies of UOW theses are available by the Library via Research Online .
- Go to Research Online.
- Under "Browse research material by", select "Theses".
- Enter your search words.
A small number of print theses unsuitable for digitisation are held in UOW Archives.
- Enter your search words into Library SEARCH .
- Filter by "Dissertations/Theses" from the "Source Types" (select "Show More" if not displayed)
To request access to print theses, see our Service Desk staff on the Ground Floor of Wollongong Campus Library.
- Print theses cannot be borrowed, but can be viewed in the Wollongong Campus Library.
- Some schools/departments also hold copies of theses and you can contact them for information .
Embargoed and restricted theses
Some UOW theses may not be accessible for a specified period (usually 24 months) if at the time of submission they have been:
- embargoed by the author with the agreement of the supervisor and the Graduate Research School. This access restriction applies to both the print and digital copy of the thesis.
- electronically restricted by the author. This access restriction applies to the digital copy only.
Access requires written permission from the supervisor or the author.
Finding Australian and international theses online
Australian theses in trove.
- Trove Search: Research & Reports Search for Australian theses via the National Library of Australia’s Trove service. Select 'Thesis' as the Format Type.
Try these resources to find international theses:
- British Library e-theses online service (EThOS) – you will need to register to download theses.
- Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology – an international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music, theory, and enthnomusicology currently containing over 14,000 records. Legacy site.
- Hong Kong University Theses Online – primarily English, but some Chinese only theses.
- Global ETD Search – international, full-text theses and dissertations from participating collections around the world.
- Open Dissertations (Open Access) – a collaboration between EBSCO and BiblioLabs, this connects you to Open Access Doctoral EDTs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) accepted by American Universities from 1955 onwards in selected full-text.
- Dissertations and Theses A&I (Proquest) – contains over two million theses citations from 1743 onwards, from around the world but mostly from North America, with abstracts included from 1980. Citations from 1997 include a 24-page preview.
- WorldCat – useful for identifying theses held in North American libraries, however there is some overlap with ProQuest Dissertation & Theses. (Select 'Advanced Search' then 'Content' and 'Thesis/dissertations'.)
See the UOW theses collection page for information on submitting your UOW thesis to Research Online.
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Finding UniSA theses
Theses in the Library Collection include:
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Finding external theses
The following databases are useful places to start your search:
- Trove Trove is an Australian online database aggreggator and service which includes digital images, bibliographic and full-text document such as academic theses.
Go to Trove's Advanced Search > Research & Reports
- Refine your results to Format: Thesis (right). You can also select Access: Online . (You can also select Free access to view theses without access restrictions)
- Select the title to open the record.
- Select Read to view
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Go to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses and do a title or keyword search. For help searching this database watch the below video.
- Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global has the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertation and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day.
- Databases containing theses This link contains a list of databases that also contain theses content.
Finding external art theses or exegeses
- Select Advance Search
- Select Search .
- In Advanced search option, select Research & Reports
- In the keyword field type: exegesis .
- Limit your results to Format: Thesis (right).
Obtaining a thesis from another library
You may discover a thesis you want to read via a recommendation from your supervisor, a citation in an article or book, or from searching.
If the full text is not available online, you can submit an interlibrary loan via the Resource Sharing Request form.
Add in as much information as possible, under the heading of 'Book'. UniSA Library will then try to obtain either a physical or digital copy for you.
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University of Melbourne theses can be identified in the Library Catalogue . Select the Theses search or limit your search to University of Melbourne Theses. You can search by author or title.
If there is a digital thesis available, there will be a link to it in the catalogue record that says "Connect to thesis".
Digital theses can also be found through a Subject Search in the catalogue under "Internet access to thesis" Use the "Limit this search" option to add another term.
Further help may be found in the Finding Theses library guide.
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To search for Australian theses use the National Library of Australia’s Trove service.
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Search all Australian theses on Trove by ticking the box labelled Australian content
Search all Australian digital theses on Trove by ticking the box labelled Australian content and then scrolling down to Access and selecting Online by using the drop down menu
Enter keywords in search box. Results will be limited to Australian theses only.
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- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.
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