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Free Dissertation/Thesis Search Sites
(Compiled by multi-disciplinary librarians in the United States)


Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur (from France)

Australian Digital Theses Program

Caltech theses

Center for Research Libraries foreign dissertations
University of Chile, provides access to 27,000 etheses from 35 world universities

DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP)
European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses
and Dissertations (NDLTD). Access to 106,000 doctoral theses.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology
that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950
to the present. (This is probably more appropriate for a public or music library.)

Digital Library and Archives
Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts
of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided
for over 4,500 of these items.

Directory of Dissertations in Progress
"The Directory contains 3,804 dissertations in progress at 170 academic
departments in Canada and the U.S." This is a citation database of
dissertations in progress in the area of history.

Dissertation Express
Online version of Dissertation Abstracts from UMI Proquest. Good for US theses.
It's free to search the database. To order full text costs $34 each. Digital
Dissertations is a subset comprising all dissertations in the Dissertation
Abstracts database with a degree date of the current and previous year. It's
easier to search and browse and you also get 24 page previews before you buy. has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its
collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first
twenty-five pages of each item.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (UVa)


E-Theses (from Finland)

Full text of theses from the British Library. This is running in beta
at the moment

Le Fichier central des thèses
(French dissertations in progress)

Index to Theses
(Subscription database)

M.I.T. Theses

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations
and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources
are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.

OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center

PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress
PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress
from various parts of the world.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

RIM: Research in Ministry Online
"RIM® Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin and DMiss
projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association
of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981."

Rutgers Electronic Theses & Dissertations (RUetd)

TEL : thèses en ligne

Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses
in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text
theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.

Thèses de l'Université de Lyon 2

TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network
TREN provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference
papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually
states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows
searching of 6,800 items.

University of Miami Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Vidyanidhi: Digital Library and E-Scholarship Portal (from India)
Free searching. The advanced search screen allows you to limit
by Content to Thesis/Dissertation.