The British Library EThOS service allows you to search a catalogue of PhD Theses from participating UK universities and institutions and download an electronic copy free of charge, where available.

Please Note: Where an immediate download is not available the British Library will try and obtain an electronic copy. A fee may be charged for this but you will be alerted to it when you confirm your order.

The first comprehensive index, including abstracts, of postgraduates research theses in art and design in the UK.

Overseas Theses

  • Worldwide

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses A&IThis database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses on humanities and social sciences.

Networked Digital Library of Theses - Good starting point for looking for online theses.  The NDLTD Union Catalogue contains more than one million records of electronic Theses and dissertations and provides links to key websites.

  • Australia

Australasian Digital Theses Program - a database of digital versions of theses produced by the postgraduate research students at Australian universities

  • Europe

DART-Europe - portal provides access to over 120,000 full text research degree theses from 12 European countries including Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. 

DIVA - this portal is a finding tool and an institutional repository for research publications and student theses written at 23 universities and colleges of higher education.

  • USA & Canada

USA - many institutions have their own electronic repositories, often providing 'open access' full text to theses. where access is not provided, listings may be avilable from the library catalogues for those institutions. 

Here are some of the institutions which do provide access:

Cornell, Harvard; Louisiana; Michigan; Missouri; MIT

Canada - Theses Canada Portal providing access to details of all Canadian theses produced since 1965 plus access to electronic versions where available. 

If, after searching these resources it still has not been possible to retrieve the item you require, please contact the inter-library loans team for your campus.