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Theses: How to find theses: Home
How to find printed and electronic theses at the University of Strathclyde and other universities
Thesis or dissertation - what's the difference?
In general in the UK a dissertation is a piece of independent research carried out at undergraduate or taught postgraduate level. The term thesis refers to a piece of work undertaken for a research degree for example a PhD, MLitt, MRes. Dissertations are generally shorter than a thesis. However, in many cases and in many countries the terms thesis and dissertation are used interchangeably. Before requesting or consulting a thesis or dissertation it is advisable to check the level of degree for which it was submitted.
Finding dissertations in the library
Dissertations undertaken as part of a taught postgraduate or undergraduate degree programme are not held in the library. You should contact the department/s concerned directly, to arrange consultation.
Practical information about submitting a Strathclyde research thesis
If you wish to consult a thesis from another library, which is not available electronically, you should use the Inter-Library Service. This service is available to 4th year undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. Please be aware that it may take some time to obtain a thesis from another library, particularly if the library is based overseas.
New books about writing a thesis or dissertation
The Dissertation Journey by Carol M. Roberts
Publication Date: 2004-03-23
Dissertation Research and Writing for Construction Students by S. G. Naoum
All of the theses available from the library are listed in SUPrimo. You can either:
Search for a subject or topic of interest, e.g. photonic devices, and then limit your results to theses using the Collection > Strathclyde theses filters:
Just search the Strathclyde research tab, e.g.photonic devices
Multiple versions of this record exist indicates that there may be both print and electronic versions of the thesis. To access theses available in electronic format: click the Online access - view it link. You may need to enter your DS username and password to view the thesis.
Other theses will be in printed format. Sign in to SUPrimo using your DS username and password and select the Get It tab. Use the Request option in the SUPrimo record and you will be sent an email when it is available. The thesis will be brought to the Level 3 Enquiry Desk for you. You can borrow a thesis from the Library, if there is more than one copy listed in SUPrimo. If you are not able to make use of the requestoption in SUPrimo please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the thesis you would like to consult.
Finding non Strathclyde theses and dissertations
Many of the Library's databases will search for theses as well as journal articles and book chapters. The following databases are particularly useful for finding theses:
The British Library provides digitised UK PhD theses online via the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS). You can search the site without registering, but to download a thesis you must register and agree to the terms and conditions of access. Access to theses which have already been digitised is free. If a thesis has not already been digitised you may be asked to pay the cost of digitisation (£40) or it may be free. This depends on the policy of the institution supplying the thesis. For further details see: http://www.strath.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/usinglibraryservices/ethos/
Open access/freely available content. No login required.
Previously known as American Doctoral Dissertations, OpenDissertations searches for open access theses and dissertations from the early 20th century to present. It includes some digitised content from the British Library's EThOS service.
Another useful source is Jisc Library Hub Discover a combined catalogue of the largest research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Searching Jisc Library Hub Discover will help you identify theses available from other universities. To limit your results to theses use the Main Search, then limit results to Theses in the Material Type menu.
Jisc Library Hub Discover exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries. This new service replaces Copac and SUNCAT, providing access to a growing range of library catalogues.