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Finding theses: Home


The McClay Library holds copies of all Queen's University PhD theses. You can search for them in QCat Library Catalogue where they can be recognised by the format of their shelfmark, e.g. T/q 1999.S4, but if you use Advanced Search in QCat Classic and limit your search to Material Type: Queen's Thesis, you will get much more precise results. 

Theses are kept in the store and can be requested using either the Request buttons in QCat or the printed forms which are available from the Enquiry Desks and Borrower Services Desks. Theses may not be borrowed.

NB The Library does not keep QUB dissertations: please contact the relevant School if you are trying to locate one.

Obtaining Theses

UK and Ireland

Universities listed here have agreed to make their theses freely available through EThOS. If you need a thesis from a UK or Ireland university which is not participating in the scheme, please request it through the Inter-Library Loans service.

Outside UK/Ireland

The websites listed on this page provide free online access to theses. It is only possible to obtain theses which must be paid for in exceptional circumstances: please consult your Subject Librarian.

UK and Ireland

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland
This is a comprehensive listing of theses from British and Irish universities from 1716 to the present. It has links to the theses that are freely available for download from EThOS and also to theses in 40 UK and Irish university repositories.

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) replaced the British Library Thesis Service in 2009. Theses from participating universities are digitised on demand, after which they are available for free download.


DART-Europe E-theses Portal
Access to the full-text of a large and growing number of theses from over 520 universities in 27 European countries.

DiVA portal is a finding tool and an institutional repository for theses written at Swedish universities and colleges.

NARCIS National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System
NARCIS is the gateway to theses from universities in the Netherlands.


North America

With PQDT Open, you can read the full text of US open-access dissertations and theses free of charge.

Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada provides an index of all theses produced at Canadian universities and free PDFs of theses produced since 1998.


The National Library of Australia's database of online resources has links to full-text theses. The database covers material in many formats so you will need to search for your topic, and then refine your results by format.

South Africa

National ETD Portal
Full-text access to South African theses and dissertations.


NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)
The NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations.

OATD (Open Access Theses and Dissertations)
An international database giving free access to over 2 million theses and dissertations.