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Australian theses collection

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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International Theses

Explore the following options to find international theses and dissertations collections, or search by region.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses is the digital multidisciplinary archive for the Library of Congress, and includes 2.7 million citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Search via location.

To search WorldCat for theses you will need to refine your search in the Format option on the left hand side of the results page.

The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world.

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). 

OATD currently indexes over 1.8 million theses and dissertations. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 800 colleges, universities, and research institutions.

This collaboration between EPSCO and BiblioLabs provides access to more than 800,000 ETDs.

Since 2010, Dissertation Reviews has featured more than 1000 overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. 


Theses by Region

Country Source
Africa DATAD Online
The DATAD database contains a brief citations and abstracts for theses and dissertations completed in African universities. Registration required for access.
Canada Theses Canada
Library and Archives Canada theses collection. See search help for more details. 

China National Knowledge Infrastructure Doctoral and Outstanding Masters Theses
Chinese theses about the natural and social sciences dating from 2002 to the present.

Oriprobe Theses & Dissertations of China
A comprehensive collection of Chinese dissertations and theses including over 2.7 millions titles (as of September 2013) and covering accredited institutions since 1980s. The database includes citations and abstracts for Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral dissertations and theses while making the full-text on request. 

Wanfang Data Dissertations of China
The Dissertations of China database includes Master's theses, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral dissertations from Chinese research institutions from 1980 onward.

Europe DART - Europe e-Theses Portal
Access to digitised theses from European universities. See the list of participating universities.
France TEL (thèses-en-ligne)
French theses.

German National Library 

German National Library Theses collection from 1913 and full text online collections available from 1998.   


Shodhganga: A reservoir of Indian Theses 

Indian intellectual output stored in a repository hosted and maintained by the INFLIBNET Centre.

Japan Japanese Institutional Repositories Online (JAIRO)
Jairo allows you to search Japanese theses and more. Select the 'Type' option and click on 'List' to narrow to theses. See more user information.

Korean theses and dissertations.

National Assembly Library (국회도서관) 

Full text of over 200,000 Social Science dissertations and theses since 1945.

National Digital Library (국가전자도서관)

Full text of over 8,000 dissertations and these received from universities in Korea, predominantly in the humanities.

New Zealand
Gateway to open-access research documents produced at universities, polytechnics and other research institutions throughout New Zealand. 
South Africa

South African national E-theses portal
South African theses and dissertations run by South African National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with the Committee of Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA).

Taiwan National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan
Taiwanese theses.

Thai Theses Collection
Thai theses collections from 1966.

Thai Theses Online by TIAC  
Thai theses collections.

United Kingdom British Library EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)
Search for UK theses and access or request full text. See FAQs for more information.
United States American Historical Association Directory of Dissertations
The Directory of History Dissertations contains more than 21,000 dissertations that have been completed or are currently in-progress in the United States and Canada since 1882. 

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