How Do I Find Theses and Dissertations?

     Digital Repositories offer many scholarly works, from master- and doctorate-level theses to journal articles and blogs. Universities worldwide offer access to these works as full-text documents, tables of contents or just citations. Topics are wide-ranging and reflect the programs offered at each university.

     Recommended repositories:

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Full text in PDF format for more than one million dissertations and theses.
  • Theses Canada: Access and search thousands of master and doctorate theses held at the Library and Archives Canada. Includes selected full text documents.
  • California Digital Library eScholarship Repository: Search scholarly works from University of California departments, centers, and research units. Includes postprints (articles previously published in peer-reviewed journals), journals, peer-reviewed series, and seminar series.
  • Texas Digital Library: Repository of digital works including theses, conference proceedings, electronic journals, scholarly blogs, research wikis from Texas universities and colleges. Search the entire TDL or just the theses and dissertations.
  • DART-Europe E-theses Portal: A partnership of research libraries and library consortia across Europe. Use the Advanced Search to search by country, institution or language.
  • Australasian Digital Theses Program: Search the digital holdings of Australian and New Zealand universities. Use the left-side menu to do an advanced search.
  • Indigenous Studies Portal Research Tool: Developed by the University of Saskatchewan Library. Contains many full-text items, including e-books, articles, theses, government and scholarly documents, photographs, and archival materials. Mainly from North American institutions.

     Not finding the full text? Try the following:

  • Search the repository of a specific institution. Check the global list of university repositories to search for digital documents at a particular institution.
  • Search for the title or authorof the thesis or document in Google. Sometimes the author or institution will post the document online.
  • Request the item through interlibrary loan. Theses and materials not published in scholarly journals may be difficult for our library to acquire. If we are unable to fill your request, try contacting the author or the institution that has the item and ask if you can get a copy. Requests by individuals are sometimes filled when requests by libraries are not.
  • Contact the CityU Library for help finding scholarly documents.


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