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Searching for UvA Theses

UvA Scripties is a service through which the University of Amsterdam (UvA) enables worldwide digital access to the theses (master / bachelor) of its students. Theses written at the Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA) are not available in UvA Scripties, and for several faculties only the theses written for specific study programmes are available.

In the UvA library catalogue you can find (older) student theses of which a paper version has been added to the library collection.

Please view the Publishing a thesis page for contact details or more information about publishing your thesis in UvA Scripties.

Searching for UvA Publications

The University of Amsterdam has a so-called Digital Academic Repository, UvA-DARE. This repository contains publications of UvA researchers. More than 43,000 publications are available in open access (reference date: July 2020).

  • How do I search the repository?
    • Searching for words: You can search on single words or a phrase. Entering "research and policy" in one search field will show the results that contain the exact phrase 'research and policy'. 
    • Case sensitive: No difference is made between upper and lower case letters.
    • Wildcards: To search for variations of a word or word stem, include an asterisk (*) at the end of the word as a wildcard. The query “war*”, will for example produce results that include ‘wars’, ‘warrior’, ‘warm’ and so forth.
  • How to contribute?

    All UvA researchers can register and upload (metadata of) their publications to UvA-DARE via the current research information system Pure.

    After registration and uploading, the information and file (if open access) will be automatically available on your personal page and after validation by your institute or faculty and the library, also in UvA-DARE.

    PhD Dissertations

    Please note: PhD theses cannot be registered and uploaded via Pure. If you would like more information about adding your dissertation, please see the webpage Publishing Your Doctoral Dissertation.

  • What does open access mean?
    Logo Open access

    Many publications that are covered by DARE are open access: they can be read by anyone, anyplace, regardless of affiliation or subscription. These publications are marked with the open access logo. Normal copyright rules apply.

    There are great advantages to making your publication worldwide available. Open access enhances visibility of publications. Publications which are freely available are downloaded and cited more often, are easy to find by Google (Scholar) and will be deposited (for long term preservation) in the e-depot of the Royal Library. If your publisher does not give permission to give access to the definitive publisher's version/PDF, in many cases it is permitted to make the last author version available (i.e. the version after peer review). This version has the same scientific content, but lacks the publisher's lay-out. More information can be found on the open access pages.

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    UvA-DARE is compliant with the Open Archives Initiative standard.