This guide outlines ways of identifying theses and dissertations published in your discipline.
Reading University theses & dissertations
The Library receives a print copy of all theses accepted for the degrees of PhD and MPhil by the University. These copies may be consulted in the library, unless an embargo has been placed on access by the author. Since 2015, electronic versions of some theses have been deposited in the University's institutional repository, CentAUR, so can be consulted online.
All theses held by the Library can be found on the Enterprise catalogue, there are links to electronic versions in CentAUR from the catalogue entry for the title.
Masters theses can usually be consulted in the relevant school or department.
For more information about searching our collection go to Theses.
Finding theses from other institutions
The following sources index theses produced elsewhere.
Please note: British theses traced using these sources can usually be obtained via the EThOS. Overseas theses are harder to obtain, so please allow plenty of time when requesting these.
- EThOS - covers PhD theses from a large number of British universities. Allows you to access the full-text of digitised theses, and request paper theses for digitisation from participating institutions.
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global - covers doctoral and masters theses from universities around the world, including full-text access to many titles.
- WorldCat - a union catalogue which includes doctoral and masters theses submitted to member libraries (mostly North American).
- DART-Europe E-theses Portal - provides access to around 100,000 full-text research theses from 12 European countries
- Register of Commonwealth Research - a listing of higher research dissertations, relating to the Commonwealth and its member countries completed or in progress at UK Higher Education Institutions
- Trove: the database of the National Library of Australia- search and access full text of digital versions of Australian theses. Use the advanced search and limit the format to Thesis. See this guide for detailed help on finding Australian theses via Trove.
You may also find that databases in your subject area also index theses. Find out which ones are relevant for you by consulting our list of Databases by subject.
Finding theses in progress
It isn't easy finding out about research currently taking place. For some ideas on finding details of theses in progress take a look at Lancaster University Library theses and dissertations page.
For additional advice on finding theses contact your subject liaison librarian.