Finding theses and dissertations
Find local, national and international theses and dissertations.
Search for University of Auckland theses
The Library holds some theses from other universities, and provides access to hundreds of thousands of others online. There are many national and international websites and databases with lists of theses, some with full-text that you can download.
For English language theses, begin with these collections:
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (North America and Britain)
- Trove (Australia and New Zealand)
- EThOS (Britain)
- Key resource: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
Coverage is comprehensive for North American universities and there are also theses from many other countries. Over 2,000,000 references, with about 1,000,000 available to download.
Full-text electronic dissertations and theses (EDT) from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
NDLTD includes a search engine for electronic theses and dissertations.
- Theses Canada
Australia, New Zealand, Pacific
- Key resource: Trove
Over 250,000 theses produced at Australian universities, and also many from New Zealand.
A gateway to open-access research documents, such as theses, produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions in New Zealand.
- Te Puna National Union Catalogue
Catalogue of libraries throughout New Zealand.
The Informit database collection includes citations to theses in Australian heritage, criminology, education, environment, sport.
Britain and Europe
- Key resource: EThOS
The British Library's Electronic Theses Online Service. Search across 250,000 theses and order full text.
- DART-Europe E-Theses Portal
Access to 220,000 full-text research theses from European universities.
- Tesis Doctorales (TESEO)
Abstracts of theses from Spanish universities.
- TDX - Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa
Doctoral theses presented at some Spanish universities.
Citations and some full-text French theses.
- DiVA Portal
Theses from Scandinavian universities.
- Dissertation CIS
English language citations for Russian theses.
- China Doctoral Dissertations Full-Text Database
Doctoral dissertations from Chinese universities, with full-text access to literature, history, philosophy, politics, military affairs, law, education, and social sciences since 1999.
- China Masters Theses Full-Text Database
Masters theses from Chinese universities, with full-text access to literature, history, philosophy, politics, military affairs, law, education, and social sciences since 2000.
- National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan
Union catalogue of Indian universities.
- NUS Theses Collection
National University of Singapore and it predecessors from 1947 to the present.
- Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)
Open-access theses and dissertations freely available from over 800 institutions worldwide.
- Open Thesis
A free repository of theses and other research.
- Theological Research Exchange Network
References to theological theses and dissertations.
There is no single comprehensive listing for all theses in progress. However there are a number of websites and publications which list current research, and many university departments list theses in progress.
Use Google Scholar to search for the phrases "PhD in progress" or "thesis in progress".
These are some websites with theses in progress:
- American Historical Association Directory of Dissertations in Progress
Dissertations in progress at 170 History departments in Canada and the US.
- DDM Doctoral Dissertations In Musicology-Online
- Fichier Central des Theses
French theses in progress in Lettres; Sciences humaines et sociales; Théologie; Droit; Science politique; Sciences économiques; Sciences de gestionin.
French theses in progress in sciences de l'ingénieur, économie, gestion.
- History On-Line
Lists of theses in progress from all the universities of the United Kingdom.
This is a new and developing site, with just a few thousand theses, but it has a database of doctoral dissertations in progress around the world.