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Free Dissertations/Theses Web Sites

The following web sites offer citations and occasional full-text to theses and dissertations published around the world. These sites are only meant to offer alternate access to dissertation information. Make sure to search Dissertation Abstracts from ProQuest first. Interlibrary Loan may be able to borrow a copy for a limited loan period. To request a dissertation or other materials, follow the instructions on the Interlibrary Loan web site for creating an ILLiad account (you only have to register once for all requests). After logging in, choose the button "Request a Dissertation/Thesis" and fill out the required information.

Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur
Citations to French dissertations.

Australian Digital Theses Program
This site provides both citation and full-text access to a few thousand theses and dissertations published in Australia.

The British Library
The British Library provides access to citations of theses from British universities (most doctoral theses from the early 1970s onward), from the United States (475,000 doctoral theses), and from Canada (several hundred doctoral theses from 1980 forward).

Cybertheses allows access to citations of French dissertations from 1972 to the present.

Digital Library and Archives
Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.

Directory of Dissertations in Progress
The Directory contains more than 3,000 citations to dissertations in progress in the area of history at 170 academic departments in Canada and the U.S.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
An international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950 to the present.

NDLTD - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. Many dissertations are freely available online in full-text.

PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress
PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.

Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.

Theses Link Collection
This site provides links to dissertation/theses search sites in many different countries, including Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.

TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network
TREN provides citations to several thousand theological theses/dissertations and conference papers.