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Theses

Information on how to find a thesis in UL library and resources that you can search to find theses from other institutions

Finding a Thesis in UL library

Use the Library Search or the UL Institutional Repository (ULIR) to find a thesis

  • Once you have found a thesis in the catalogue you can request it at the Information Desk
  • Theses are for consultation only and may not be removed from the library
  • Where full text is available via the ULIR there will be a weblink

How to Search for Theses from Other Institutions

  • Dissertations and Theses: UK & Ireland
    This is a listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Dissertations and Theses: UK & Ireland now incorporates Index to Theses.
     
  • ETHoS (Electronic Theses Online Service) from the British Library (full text)
    Where a thesis has been digitised previously by the British Library, it may be available to download
    for free. In other cases, you may have to request that the British Library digitise the thesis. There
    will be a cost and a wait involved.
    Where a PDF is available: Login>Click download>Select download>Add to basket>Confirm>Agree to
    terms and conditions>Download
     
  • DART Europe E-Theses Portal (full text)
    Theses from repositories around Europe.
     
  • TEL (Théses-en-ligne)
    Tel is an initiative of Le CCSD (Centre pour La Communication Scientifique Directe). It aims to provide free access to online versions of Doctoral PHD theses submitted at French Universities and Colleges. All subject Areas of the sciences, social sciences and humanities are covered.
     
  • National ETD Portal (South African Theses and Dissertations)
    This site is run by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with Committee of the Higher Education Librarians of South Africa (CHELSA). Metadata for all theses and dissertations produced in South Africa are collected and made accessible, as well as disseminated further, for the site.
     
  • WorldCat
    Search for thesis only: go to Advanced Search and change content to "Thesis/Dissertations"
     
  • Dissertations and Theses A&I
    A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses, with more than 2.3 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses included, covering graduate research from 1861 to present
     
  • Google Scholar (citations, abstracts and full text)
    Open access repositories are accessible through Google Scholar so you can find theses here. You will have to sort through a lot more results as you cannot limit to "theses".
    To distinguish theses from other material, on the result record, where you normally see publication details you will see the name of an Institute or an open access repository.
     
  • Institutional Repositories in general
    When you know the Institute that awarded the Degree, you could check to see if the institution has an Institutional Repository and then search that for the thesis.

How to Borrow a Thesis from Another Library

The inter-library loans office or Information Desk can advise on whether it is possible to borrow a thesis from another library. This facility is for faculty, staff and postgraduate students only.