Theses and dissertations

Online databases

Theses and Dissertations are major research projects conducted by senior university students, usually graduate students, as a degree requirement. To identify theses or dissertations, start with one of these databases:

Dissertations & Theses: Full Text (ProQuest) 1861 to present
North American and European coverage. Many recent items are available in full text.
Theses Canada
Index goes back to 1965; full text available for recent works from many institutions.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Repository for worldwide theses and dissertations.
Digital Commons Network
Content from hundreds of institutional repositories, many of which includes theses.
Center for Research Libraries
Lists more than 800,000 foreign, primarily European, doctoral dissertations.

Laurier theses and dissertations

The Library keeps two copies of all theses and dissertations completed at Laurier (UG and UW have a similar policy). Search the Primo Catalogue.

Scholars Commons @ Laurier
Most works completed after 1982 available in digital format
Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest)
To focus specifically on works by Laurier students, search for "Laurier" and choose "university" in the drop-down.

Theses and dissertations on specific subjects

America: History and Life
1954 to present. Limit to publication type: "Dissertation"
ERIC (Education)
1966 to present. Limit to document type: Dissertations/theses
Historical Abstracts
1954 to present. Limit to publication type: "Dissertation"
CHA Dissertation Search
On-line register of post-graduate dissertations in progress in history and related subjects
PsycINFO
1887 to present. Limit to record type: "Dissertation"
Sociological Abstracts
1963 to present. Limit to source type: "Dissertations & theses"

Obtaining theses and dissertations not available online or at the Laurier Library

Doctoral/masters theses can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loans (RACER) if a circulating copy is available.

If the title you want is not available on loan, you may be able purchase a copy directly from University Microfilms International (UMI). If the title is not available from UMI, contact Interlibrary Loans for more information.

How to order print copies from UMI.