Find databases, specialist search engines and repositories to search for theses.

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Please note

Library Search is not recommended for finding theses as part of a literature review as it only includes theses from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global and QUT Theses, and only where fulltext is available online.


For a general search of available theses, start with one of the following Library databases:

Search engines and repositories

The majority of recently published theses are freely available on open access repositories and many older theses are being digitised and made available online. Using a specialist search engine along with major repositories provides good coverage for a comprehensive theses search.

Recommended search engines:

  • BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) - Ensure only the Theses option is ticked. If a link to fulltext fails try the Google Scholar option in the record to see if an alternative source is available.
  • Google Scholar - Although searches cannot be limited to theses, Google Scholar is an effective search tool for finding a specific thesis.

The following repositories aggregate thesis records from universities and other research institutions: