Finding Dissertations and Theses Online
There are many options available for finding dissertations and theses to use in your research:
- Find dissertations from TBC alumni in the Graham Library collection.
- Search institutional repositories from around the world for free, full-text resources.
- Digital libraries and indexes link you to thousands of dissertations you can request or read online.
The resources listed below are some of the best sources for finding dissertations and theses online. The Graham Library is actively collecting dissertations and theses and will accept requests from TBC students to purchase works required for their research. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-349-5407 for more information.
Search for full-text dissertations and theses
- Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR)
The DOAR Google Custom Search allows you to search for dissertations and theses from repositories in thousands of institutions around the world. Tip: Since repositories include many types of resources, use the word dissertation or thesis plus your search terms. Example: dissertation and paul corinth
- Digital Commons Network
Digital Commons Network is a worldwide repository of scholarly works, including articles, book chapters, theses, dissertations and more. You can explore by topic using their innovative graphic search tool or search for your topic by keyword. Follow this link to find religion dissertations and theses.
- Open Thesis
Open Thesis is an open access repository of dissertations and theses submitted by organizations and graduate students. Its purpose is to provide a free, centralized database of resources available through university repositories.
Theses.org is maintained by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), "an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)."
Dissertations and Theses Indexes
Theological Research Exchange Network includes records for over 22,082 theological dissertations and theses from over 140 institutions. Items may be ordered directly from TREN by students or contact the Graham Library to request an item be purchased for the library collection.
The Hathitrust Digital Library provides access to the collections of major research institutions and libraries worldwide. Their collection includes records for more than 100,000 dissertations, with 3,000 available in full-text.
- Worldcat Dissertations
Worldcat Dissertations provides access to dissertations from OCLC member libraries around the world. Some dissertations are available in full-text. You can easily request dissertations from WorldCat using the Find it at TBC button in the item record and choosing Request through Interlibrary Loan. Please include the phrase "Requesting for purchase" in the free text note field.
International Dissertations and Theses
- Theses Canada
Theses Canada provides electronic access to theses and dissertations published in Canadian universities.
The British Library e-theses Online Service (EthOS) includes over 400,000 full-text doctoral theses from British institutions.
- History Online: Completed Theses
History Online, a project of the Institute of Historical Research in the United Kingdom, includes a collection of theses on ecclesiastical and religious history.
- DART Europe
DART-Europe is a portal to European electronic theses and dissertations.
- Ireland Digital Repository
The RIAN repository includes scholarly article and dissertations published in Ireland. Used the advanced search to limit your search to only dissertations or theses.
- South African Theses and Dissertations
The national portal for theses and dissertations published in South Africa.
- National Library of Australia: TROVE
The TROVE digital library from the National Library of Australia includes links to theses published by Australian institutions.
Many universities make dissertations and theses published by their graduates available through institutional repositories. Though you may use the resources above, such as Directory of Open Access Repositories or the Digital Commons, to search all these resources at once, the repositories listed below are highlighted for their strong collection of dissertations on religion or theology subjects. Many of these link directly to dissertations on these topics, but searching each resource for more specific topics is recommended.