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Finding theses and dissertations

Find local, national and international theses and dissertations.

Search for University of Auckland theses

  • Theses from other universities
  • Theses databases and websites
  • Theses in progress

Theses from other universities

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)

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Theses databases and websites

North America

  • 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.

Further resources:

  • [email protected]
    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.

Further resources:

    A gateway to open-access research documents, such as theses, produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions in New Zealand.
  • Te Puna Search
    Combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries.
  • Informit
    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.

Further resources:

  • 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.
  • Thèses
    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
  • IndCat
    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.

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Theses in progress

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 History Dissertations
    Dissertations in progress at History departments in Canada and the US.
  • DDM Doctoral Dissertations In Musicology-Online
    French theses in progress in sciences de l’ingénieur, économie, gestion.
  • History Online
    Lists of theses in progress from all the universities of the United Kingdom.
  • PhDdata
    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.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
Coverage: 1861 –
Description: Indexes 90% of doctoral dissertations and some master’s theses accepted each year in North America, plus thousands more from around the world. Includes free full-text (in PDF) for all U-M and Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions dissertations since 1997, as well as for selected other institutions and years.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online
Description: A database currently containing over 14,000 bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines.
Access: Open to all internet users.

WorldCat [FirstSearch]
Coverage: Current cumulative file. (Describes library-held materials dated from prehistory to the present.)
Description: Provides bibliographic and citation information for over 179 million books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, musical scores, dissertations, archival materials and much more, representing the holdings of most libraries in North America, some libraries in Europe, and the national library of Australia.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [EBSCO]
Coverage: 1967 –
Description: Indexes international scholarly literature in all genres of music, as well as music education, theory, therapy, and ethnomusicology. Currently provides verified bibliographic information with full citations and abstracts for over 600,000 records covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more. Full text is available for select items.
Access: Limited to authorized UM users (through validated sign-on).

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