Free Dissertation/Thesis Search Sites

Dissertation Abstracts (UMI/Proquest)

Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Superieur (from France)

Australasian Digital Theses Program

Caltech theses

Center for Research Libraries foreign dissertations

DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP)

European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Access to 106,000 doctoral theses.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology

This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950 to the present. (This is probably more appropriate for a public or music library.)

Digital Library and Archives

Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.

Dissertation.com has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.

E-Theses (from Finland)


Full text of theses from the British Library.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.

OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center

PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress

PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

RIM: Research in Ministry Online

“RIM® Online is a freely available database that indexes DMin and DMiss projects from reporting schools of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Indexing began in 1981.”

Rutgers Electronic Theses & Dissertations (RUetd)

TEL : thèses en ligne

Theses Canada Portal

Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.

Thèses de l’Université de Lyon 2

TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network

TREN provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows searching of 6,800 items.

University of Miami Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Vidyanidhi: Digital Library and E-Scholarship Portal (from India)

WorldCat.com (free searching) The advanced search screen allows you to limit by Content to Thesis/Dissertation. Here is the link: http://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch

List compiled by Tanya Feddern-Bekcan, University of Miami Medical Library.Edited by James R Skypeck, Boston University School of Theology Library.