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Theses & Dissertations
A thesis is the final project for a graduate student's masters degree. Students pursing a masters degree typically perform research on a subject, using the research of others, and then provide an analysis of their discoveries. The thesis is similar to a large research paper that is done during college and demonstrates the student's ability to think critically and analyze information.
For students pursuing a doctoral degree, the dissertation is the final project. A dissertation differs from a masters thesis in that the student is expected to build upon the research of others to come up with a new hypothesis that will further the body of knowledge on a subject. Dissertations are generally much longer in length than a thesis. A masters thesis may be over 100 pages in length but a dissertation could easily be double or triple that.
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You can also search for theses and dissertations using Worldcat, which has the holdings of more than 80,000 libraries worldwide.
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Dissertations & Theses Database at the Library
Many theses and dissertations can be found in electronic format. The Library subscribes to a database called ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT). To use this database from off campus, you will need to login with your campus credentials.
Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest)
Database of record for doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Represents the work from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities in North America and from around the world.
PQDT Search Tips
Use this guide from ProQuest to learn advanced search tips for ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.
Open Access Resources
Try these online resources to broaden your search internationally.
Australian Digital Theses
Access freely from the Australian National Library Catalogue (do an advanced search and select "format" as thesis). Contains theses from around 45 Australian Universities.
Digital Access to Research Theses (DART) Europe:
Access to around 200,000 full-text research theses from 324 Universities sourced from 19 European countries. A partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations OATD
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 800 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 1,925,005 theses and dissertations.
Canadian universities participate in the program voluntarily by submitting approved theses and dissertation to Theses Canada. Many are available online in PDF format.
UK Theses (EThos)
EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. It supports the UK Government’s open access principle that publications resulting from publicly-funded research should be made freely available for all researchers, providing opportunities for further research. It demonstrates the quality of UK research, and helps attract students and research investment into UK Higher Education. Free registration required.
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