Locating Theses

As a research student, locating theses in your subject area is useful for many reasons:

  • To ensure your research topic is original
  • Their extensive reference lists are an invaluable resource
  • Examine research methodologies in your field
  • Gain an awareness of the look and feel of theses in your discipline

Locating Western Sydney University Theses


Click into 'Advanced Search' and limit results to 'Thesis'

Locating Australian Theses

Trove indexes Western Sydney University, Australian and international theses held in Australian libraries and links to the full-text of theses held in Australian university repositories. Limit the search to Theses and enter keywords or thesis title if known.

Locating International Theses

Many sources index/contain international thesis such as:

  • ProQuest Dissertions and Theses contains some full-text and thousands of previews of interdisciplinary theses. ****Research students wishing to purchase PDF copies of theses from ProQuest using candidature funds may do so with their supervisor's permission****
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations is an international organisation providing free electronic  access to theses from participating universities.
  • Registry of Open Access Repositories lists international institutional repositories containing electronic theses. Perform a subject search to locate abstracts and full text theses within your area of interest.
  • OAIster is a union catalogue of difficult to find digital resources including theses. Under 'Content' narrow your search to 'theses/dissertations'.
  • Index to Theses is a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts from universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716
  • Google Scholar harvests theses from research repositories but limiting to theses as a publication type is not possible so locating them can be problematic.

For further assistance please contact your School Librarian or the Research Services Coordinator.