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Finding Theses

For additional recommendations beyond the resources listed below, please consult the Library's guide to Finding Theses and Dissertations.

Theses at Queen's:

QSpace: Theses & Dissertations
Queen's theses published since July 2007 are available online via the Queen's institutional repository (QSpace). 
Search full text by keyword in addition to search by author, title, subject and abstract.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses @ Queen's
Full text online since 1997, with some retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.
Citations and some abstracts since 1965


Theses Canada
1965 -   (microform)
1998 -   Electronic theses and dissertations are harvested monthly from Canadian universities. However, for those that have been digitized by ProQuest Disserations & Theses, there is a four-year contractual time lag to access fulltext. Available to anyone on the web. 

Older theses may also be available digitally. Please check the Thesis Canada site to locate pre-1998 theses.

Canada and International

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT Global)
A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861-present.
Full text since 1997, with strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works.
Abstracts since 1980 for doctoral dissertations and since 1988 for masters' theses.
Citations since 1861.

International Repositories by Country or Region

Österreichische Dissertationsdatenbank
The Austrian dissertation database contains the bibliographical data of dissertations approved in Austria from 1990 on, and in most cases the relevant abstracts. (This website is hosted by the National Library of Austria).

National Library of Australia’s Trove Service
Search for full text digital theses from Australian universities. On the Advanced search screen under Format, select Thesis.

Access to doctoral dissertations (paper and electronic) from UK institutions of higher education.

Access to full text theses and dissertations from many countries in Europe.

Additional electronic dissertations from other European libraries.

Système universitaire de documentation (Sudoc)
Provides access to records and some electronic theses and dissertations published at French research institutions.
Fichier central des thèses

DissOnline provides information on the subject of electronic university publications. It can be used to find out directly all about online dissertations and post-doctoral theses. Sample documents can be downloaded to provide help in the creation of electronic university publications. For more information about the portal, please go to German National Library website (DNB).

TESIUNAM: Tesis del Sistema Bibliotecario de la Unam
(Theses from the National University of Mexico / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). To search for electronic theses, click on “tesis electrónicas (REDUNAM).”

Middle East
The Center for Research Libraries and the British Library have made available online 400 UK doctoral theses focusing on the Middle East, Islamic studies, and related subjects. More information.

The Netherlands
Some Dutch e-theses are available through NARCIS.

There are several portals/catalogues in Spain for theses and dissertations. Here are some examples listed on Spain’s National Library website:

Spain’s Ministry of Education thesis database (TESEO)
Biblioteca Virtual del Español (on the Biblioteca Virtual, Miguel de Cervantes website)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s catalogue
TDX (Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa)
This is a cooperative repository of digital theses from the University of Cataluña and other autonomous communities (such as Murcia, Cantabria, Barcelona, and Oviedo)

For print and electronic dissertations, please consult the Swiss National Library website.

National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan is an open full-text permanent archive of scholarly research in Taiwan.

Other Latin American Countries

Some electronic theses from Bolivia, Brasil, Chile and Peru can be found at Cybertesis.NET, a portal created by the University of Chile (Information Services & Library System) that provides an easily accessible tool to full text electronic theses published in different universities of the world.

For more university/national library catalogues, search for the word University/Universidad and the country (Argentina, Peru, etc.) in Google. Find the link to the library (biblioteca) and search the catalogue for theses (tesis). You may need to click on the advanced search function (búsqueda guíada or búsqueda avanzada) and select tesis as a format or type.

Preparing & Submitting Your Theses at Queen's

Purchasing Theses

  • Theses that are not available for loan or download, can usually be purchased.
  • Costs vary as to format of reproduction (unbound paper copies or PDF files).
  • Copies of North American theses can be purchased via Dissertation Express.
  • Search Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global to find the order number, author and title of the thesis you would like to purchase.


Queen's Theses
Queen’s Theses do not circulate.

Theses from Other Institutions

Queen’s students, faculty and staff can submit a request for the item via interlibrary loan. In order to obtain a thesis or dissertation from another institution, you will need the following information: author, title, date and institution.

It may be possible to borrow a thesis without cost to you although only a few libraries will lend copies of their theses. Please indicate in the Special Instructions area that only a loan is desired. If this is not possible, the Interlibrary Loan staff will get back to you.