University of Essex Theses and Theses E-Resources

University of Essex Theses

The Library received all Ph.D. and M.Phil. theses and M.Sc. (Regulation 3.5.) theses up to 30 September 2016. After this date all theses are kept in the University of Essex Research Repository. We do not normally get dissertations and theses connected with other degrees - the exception being LL.Ms. Theses are kept in Store and must be consulted in the Library only.

Fill in a form at the Library Helpdesk or use the online Store request form to ask for a thesis from store. N.B. You can see as many theses as you wish but we usually limit this to no more than 3 at any one time.

Finding Essex Theses

If you are looking for a specific thesis you can search Encore for the author or title.

If you want to find an Essex thesis on a particular topic, search by thesis and your chosen keywords. To limit your results try using the 'collection' 'Essex theses' or 'University of Essex Research Repository'.

Theses E-Resources (Finding Theses From Universities Other Than Essex)

EThOS (British Library Electronic theses online service) - some UK dissertations available in digital form (registration required to access)

Proquest Dissertations and Theses - details of all UK and Irish theses (dating back to 1716) and North American theses (from 1861) plus
selective coverage of other countries. An increasing number available as full text.

Free Theses Websites and Portals

Africa - Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD)

Australia - Trove

Brazil - Biblioteca Digital Brasileira de Teses e Dissertacoes (BDTD)

Canada - Theses Canada Portal

Europe - DART-Europe


TEL Theses-en-ligne (PhD)

DUMAS (Masters)


Ebsco Open Dissertations - over 800 000 open access dissertations worldwide

Foreign Doctoral Dissertations - details of over 800 000 non-US dissertations held by the CRL from mid-19th century onwards

Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations (NDLTD) - portal to over 5 million digitised theses

Open Access Theses & Dissertations (OATD) - portal to around 4 million open access theses

Open Thesis

Germany - Dissonline

Greece - National Archive of PhD Theses

Hong Kong - Hong Kong University Theses Online

India - Shodhganga

Japan - National Diet Library doctoral dissertations

Netherlands - NARCIS portal to e-theses

Russia & CIS - Dissertation CIS

Scandinavia - DiVA (the Academic Archive Online)

South Africa - National ETD Portal

Spain - TDX (Tesis Doctorales en Xarva)


EThOS (British Library Electronic theses online service)

Proquest Dissertations and Theses - details of all UK and Irish theses (dating back to 1716)

University Theses in Russian, Soviet & East European Studies (UTREES) - details of theses 1907-

United States - Proquest Dissertations and Theses - details of theses from 1861-

For tips on preparing a dissertation see the Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations and numerous books on floor 5 of
Library at LB 2369-2395


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