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
Details of all research theses (Masters by Research or above) produced by students at Western Sydney University are available via ResearchDirect. Online access to the full text is provided where permission to publish has been granted by the author.
In ResearchDirect, use the search box to enter keywords from a subject, a title or author’s name.
- To limit results to theses, click ‘thesis’ in the ‘Publication Type’ facet on the left.
- You can further limit by Date or Subject if required.
LOCATING AUSTRALIAN THESES
Western Sydney University theses are also available through the National Library of Australia's Trove website, along with other Australian and international theses held in Australian libraries. These records link to the full-text of theses held in Australian university repositories. For additional help on finding Australian theses on the Trove website, click here.
LOCATING INTERNATIONAL THESES
There are many sources for finding international theses, such as:
- EBSCO Open Dissertations - access to freely available international PhD and Masters theses.
- Open Access Theses and Dissertations - search for open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions.
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations is an international organisation providing free electronic access to theses from participating universities.
- OAIster contains records from open access digital repositories around the world. Under 'Content', narrow your search to 'thesis/dissertations'.
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I contains abstracts of thousands of international, interdisciplinary theses.
Postgraduates and staff can request to purchase theses where full-text access is not available.