Dissertations & Theses

Center for Research Libraries' Foreign Doctoral Dissertation Database 

Try here when looking for a dissertation outside of the United States and Canada. This database includes 20,000 cataloged foreign doctoral dissertations. New records are no longer being added to this database, so if you're not finding what you need here, please check the CRL catalog to view or search current foreign dissertations. Because UIUC is a member of CRL, loans to the UIUC community are provided free of charge - just fill out a standard interlibrary loan request and put "Item held by CRL" in the notes field.

DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP) 

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries in Europe who are working together to improve access to European theses. Several hundred universities link their digital repositories to DART-Europe and link to full text theses.

Dissertation Abstracts / Digital Dissertations

Contains citations and abstracts for doctoral dissertations from American and Canadian universities, with some coverage of European universities. Master’s theses have been selectively indexed since 1962. Citations to dissertations are available from 1861 to the present, and abstracts are included from 1980 to the present. For dissertations completed at most major universities since 1997 (and sometimes earlier), you should have the option to download a PDF full-text version of the dissertation--look for the "Free Download" link.

How to Find Dissertations and Theses Research Guide 

The library's LibGuide on finding dissertations at the University of Illinois.


A project by the British Library Board to provide access to all dissertations from institutions in the UK. This website indexes the dissertations and provides links to full text where available and provide assistance to institutions digitizing dissertations. If available, full text dissertations are free to download.

Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty

This e-book offers guidance for every stage in the creation of honors and master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations, including developing the proposal, committee selection, writing the manuscript, and preparing the defense.


IDEALS is the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship and is the University's open repository of scholarly content. As of 2009, graduate students have the option of depositing their dissertations and theses to IDEALS to make them freely available online.

Library of Congress Theses and Dissertations Resources 

The Library of Congress has compiled an annotated list of theses and dissertations databases from around the world. Coverage includes the Theses Canada Portal, where you can search for theses and dissertations in the National Library of Canada.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

This collection has over 200,000 theses and dissertations from around the world. Many items, including those dating back to the early 1900s, are available in full text for free.

Theses Canada Portal 
Search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for records of all theses in the National Library of Canada's theses collection, which was established in 1965. You can also access and search for free full text electronic versions of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from the beginning of 1998 to August 31, 2002.