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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 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 5,153,410 theses and dissertations.
The thesis will be made public (parts of it may have already been published as articles in international journals during the PhD). Dissertations from Dutch universities generally meet the highest academic standards and are therefore held in high regard.
Once the thesis is complete, your supervisor determines whether or not it is ready for submission and defence. A committee of professors is appointed to read and approve the thesis and to question the candidate during an oral defence.
The dissertation is the capstone piece of the PhD education. It represents an independent and original piece of scholarship and demonstrates the doctoral candidate’s mastery of both content material and the research process. Doctoral candidates complete their dissertation after finishing coursework, passing their comprehensive exams and receiving approval for their thesis proposal from their dissertation committee.
Students work closely with their PhD supervisor and committee while conducting their PhD research and in writing the dissertation. The final product typically consists of three article-length chapters, an introduction and a conclusion.
- To publicise, around the world and on the Internet, the results of university research.
- To offer the authors of theses a tool to increase public access to their work, enhancing its visibility.
- To stimulate the open scientific production.
All doctoral theses at UAB are published in the repository TDX (Theses and Dissertations Online) that it is a digital cooperative repository of doctoral theses presented at some Spanish universities. The consultation of theses is opened and allows the user to construct searches on the complete text of the files by author, advisor, title, keywords, university anddepartment of publication, year of defense, etc.
Writing your dissertation or thesis can seem like a mammoth challenge. To demystify the process, it can be helpful to see how previous students achieved it.
These websites allow you to view past dissertations and theses. In most cases, they allow you to download the full-text version.
To view all theses in this collection, select one of the ‘Browse by’ options (Issue Date, Author, Title, Subject, Title or Type (of thesis). You can also enter your keyword/s into the text box above and click on Search.
Your list of unfinished submissions or submissions in the workflow.
This guide outlines ways of identifying theses and dissertations published in your discipline, and those that are currently in progress.
This video from the British Library outlines how PhD theses obtained via its EThOS service can be used in your research.
In addition, we require the original signed publication agreement (Annex I, PDF) from you. You can hand them in or send them by post.
We receive the electronic version as a PDF file. Please upload them to the institutional Repository of Leibniz Universität Hannover and use the collection “Dissertationen & Habilitationen” there. Upon receipt of the file, we check whether it formally complies with the delivery guidelines.
2008 to the present: Most Northeastern theses and dissertations can be downloaded from our Digital Repository Service (Open Access) or Dissertations and Theses @NU (Proquest). (NU login required)
A demand purchase program allows Northeastern’s library to order foreign dissertations at no charge as part of our CRL membership. Searching is open to all, but ordering dissertations requires current NU faculty, staff, or student status.
There are several resources you can use to search for, and read, PhD theses.
EThOS, the British Library’s Online Thesis Service is an excellent resource for British theses. You can find further information and a video guide to using EThOS from the Collections section of the Library’s Information for Researchers pages.