Locating Theses

As a researcher, locating theses in your discipline area will be useful for:

  • Finding if your research topic is original.
  • Referring to the references may indicate seminal work you should also consider.
  • Providing an example of an appropriate research methodologies in your field of study.
  • Providing an example thesis structure template that is appropriate for your discipline.

Locating Western Sydney University theses

Details of all research theses (Masters by Research or above) written by postgraduate students at Western Sydney University are available via ResearchDirect. Online access to the full-text is provided in most cases, where permission to publish has been granted by the author.

In ResearchDirect, enter your search term in the 'Search Publications' box. This can be 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 your results 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. Results link to theses held in Australian university repositories. Full-text may be available, based on the author granting permission.

For further assistance, refer to the Trove search strategy for locating Australian theses.

Locating international theses

To locate international theses, use the following options:

Postgraduates and staff can request to purchase theses where full-text access is not available.

For further assistance, consult with your School Librarian.