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How to find PhD theses

Dutch theses: full-text online

Dutch theses can be found in UvA-DARE (UvA) and NARCIS (all Dutch universities).

Dutch theses: print edition

To find theses in print editions, search CataloguePlus or WorldCat Discovery.

Bibliographies Dutch theses 1924-1986

The following reference works list older Dutch theses: Catalogus van academische geschriften in Nederland en Nederlandsch IndiĆ« verschenen (1924-1945), Catalogus van academische geschriften in Nederland verschenen (1952-1979), and Bibliografie van Nederlandse proefschriften (1980-1990).

International theses

Full-text theses may be downloaded from:

More databases with dissertations:

  • Registry of Open Access Repositories: select a country and select from the pulldown menu: Any Repository Type for e-Theses.
  • Open DOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories): click Search for repositories, select from the pulldown menu Any Content Type for Theses and select a country.

A number of subject-specific databases contain the data of dissertations. Each database has specific descriptors, publication types and options to limit the search results. In Sociological Abstracts, for example, you can limit to Publication Type Dissertations & Theses. If you find an interesting reference, the thesis may be full-text available through one of the resources mentioned above. If this is not the case, you might try ordering it from Dissertation Express.