How to find dissertations, theses and research papers
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Doctoral dissertations, theses, MBA (Master of Business Administration) research papers, Creative Arts Therapies research papers and major reports from the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering are treatises or reports presented by students as a condition for the award of a graduate degree.
Concordia University theses
Concordia Libraries have a copy of almost every thesis submitted to the University. The master copy is kept in Special Collections at the Vanier Library along with any available non-print components (film, slides, etc.). In most cases, a circulating copy or a microfiche copy is also available in the Webster or Vanier Libraries. In addition, electronic copies of Concordia dissertations and theses published since 1967 can be downloaded.
Search tools for finding Concordia University theses and dissertations
- Spectrum - open access to full text from 1967 - present
- CLUES - the library catalogue
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - full text from 1967-2010
- Thesis database (School of Graduate Studies) - 1987 onward
- Concordia University Thesis Directory - 1967-1996
- Theses Canada (Library and Archives Canada) - full text from 1998-2002
Searching CLUES when...
- You know the author or the title:
Choose the Author search tab in CLUES and enter the name of the student who wrote the thesis.
Choose the Title search tab in CLUES and enter the title of the thesis you are looking for.
- You want a list of theses by Department/Programme:
For theses written from 1994 to the present, choose the Author search tab in CLUES and enter the words concordia university followed by the name of the Department or Programme.
concordia university dept of psychology
Note that this may also retrieve other types of documents published by the Department or Programme.
- You want a list of theses by subject:
Choose the default Keyword search tab in CLUES and enter the words "concordia" and "theses" and add topical keywords.
concordia and theses and shakespeare
If you are uncertain about your search strategy, ask for help at the Reference Desk.
Purchasing Concordia University theses
It is not possible to purchase theses from Concordia University Libraries. ProQuest is the current vendor for our theses. Consult the following webpage for ordering information:
- Finding the dissertation or thesis you need (from ProQuest)
Concordia MBA Research Papers
Concordia University MBA research papers are written by Concordia students in partial fulfillment for the following degrees: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Administration, Airline and Aviation Option (AMBA), and Master of Business Administration, Executive Option (EMBA). There is usually a master copy in Special Collections in the Vanier Library and one circulating copy at the Webster Library. These are all listed in CLUES.
Search CLUES by author, title or topic as explained previously. Please note that it is not possible to limit your search for papers from a specific programme option (EMBA, AMBA), but the programme option is displayed in the research paper record in CLUES.
Theses from Other Universities
Databases and other electronic sources
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses 1861 onward
Provides citations to over two million doctoral dissertations and masters theses published in North America and Europe, covering many more doctoral dissertations than masters theses. More than 600,000 titles are available full text (mostly from 1997 onward).
Please note: From 2005 onwards, Canadian theses cannot be searched by the name of a thesis advisor.
- NDLTD Global ETD Search
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)'s search service allows researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) based on keyword, date, institution, language and subject. The index is based on a growing collection of approximately 4 million ETDs from more than 200 universities on all continents. Records with links to documents from originating institutions are collected daily.
- Theses Canada 1965 onward (coverage varies)
Includes references to masters theses and doctoral dissertations accepted by Canadian universities. A full text PDF version is available freely for theses published from 1998 to 2002.
- Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)
OATD indexes over 1.5 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions around the world. Links to full text available.
- OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories
Some universities require that students deposit their theses in an institutional repository, such as DSpace @ MIT. Use this directory to locate the university, if available, and then search for the author or title of the thesis.
- Index to Theses with Abstracts (Great Britain & Ireland)
Theses accepted for higher degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland
- EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service
Digitized, Open Access (freely accessible) theses from all UK higher education institutions.
- SUDOC (Union catalogue of university libraries in France)
Indexes, theses, and dissertations from universities in France. Choose "Recherche avancée," then under "type de publication," select "Thèses."
- DART-Europe E-theses Portal
Portal for European Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Also browsable by institution.
- Australasian Digital Theses Program
Theses produced by the graduate research students at Australian universities, some of which are freely accessible.
- University library catalogues
To find information on a thesis submitted at a specific university, search their library catalogue.
- Subject databases
In addition to listing journal articles, some subject databases will include theses that fall within their subject coverage. Click "more info" from the database listing to determine if theses are indexed.
Printed indexes and bibliographies
The list below is selective. For a complete list, choose the Subject search tab from the CLUES main page and enter "Dissertations, Academic." You will find references to bibliographies and indexes of theses by subject, university and country.
Canadian Theses - Thèses canadiennes 1947-1980
Masters theses in the pure and applied sciences 1957-1997
Master's theses directories. Education, arts and social sciences, natural and technical sciences in the United States and
Canada 1993 onward
- Index to theses accepted for higher degrees in the Universities of Great
Britain and Ireland (1950 onward)
- Retrospective index to theses of Great Britain and
- Catalogue des thèses 1884-1978, lists doctoral dissertations from France
If the thesis you are looking for is not in CLUES or is not freely available in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses or in Theses Canada, you can request an interlibrary loan (ILL) whereby we will attempt to obtain a copy from another library. You may also purchase a copy of a thesis online through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.
To obtain more information or to place an interlibrary loan request, consult the Interlibrary Loans page.