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Locating and Obtaining Dissertations

Dissertations/Theses Web sites

In addition to ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses Full Text subscription database, there are numerous public Web sites that provide varying amounts of information on dissertations and theses worldwide. The Web site may provide citations only, or citations and abstracts. Some include some full text. Most provide information on completed dissertations though some provide information on dissertations that are "in progress."

Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur http://www.abes.fr/abes/DesktopDefault.aspx?Loupe=Moin
Provides citations to French dissertations.

Australian Digital Theses Program

Provides citations and full-text for a few thousand theses and dissertations published in Australia.

The British Library

Provides citations of theses from British universities (most doctoral theses from the early 1970s onward), from the United States (475,000 doctoral theses), and from Canada (several hundred doctoral theses from 1980 forward).

Center for Research Libraries

Twenty thousand doctoral dissertations from outside of the United States and Canada are searchable from this site. Items can be ordered through ILL by students, faculty, and staff.

Provides citations of French dissertations from 1901 to the present.

Digital Library and Archives

Provides citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.

Directory of Dissertations in Progress http://www.historians.org/pubs/dissertations/index.cfm
Provides citations of dissertations "in progress" in the area of history from the U.S. and Canada.


Includes only a few hundred dissertations and theses, but provides free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology

Provides citations for dissertations in musicology from approximately 1950 to the present. International in scope.

NDLTD - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations http://www.ndltd.org
Provides citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. Many are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.

PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress http://www.phddata.org
Provides citations from several thousand dissertations "in progress" from various parts of the world.

ProQuest Digital Dissertations

Provides the past two years of citations and abstracts at no cost. NSU also subscribes to the full version of ProQuest's Dissertations and Theses - Full Text database. Log in via Databases.

Theses Canada Portal

Provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Provides full-text for theses published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.

TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network

Provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased.

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