Theses & Dissertations
DCU Research Theses (Research Masters and PhD)
The Library receives print and electronic copies of all DCU Research Masters and PhD theses. Theses from 1985 are available online via DORAS, DCU's Open Access Institutional Repository. Print copies are held in store and can be requested at the Information Desk in O'Reilly Library.
DCU Taught Postgraduate Dissertations
Print dissertations are unavailable due to Covid restrictions.
Dissertations are available in print only.
2012-2017 titles are shelved on the Ground Floor in O'Reilly Library, beside the Information Desk. They are shelved alphabetically by author's surname.
2001 -2011 titles are held behind the Issue Desk, also on the ground floor.
2000 and earlier titles are kept in the Library Archive and can be requested to view at the Information Desk (Please allow 24 hours for retrieval). Dissertations cannnot be borrowed from the Library.
DCU St Patrick's campus theses and dissertations are held behind the library reception desk in Cregan library. The titles can be searched through the library catalogue or with the printed list available at the reception desk. Theses and dissertations can be consulted within the library for a maximum period of 3 hours.
How do I search for theses and dissertations?
DCU theses and dissertations are listed in the Library Catalogue.
To find a thesis or dissertation on a particular topic:
- click on Advanced Search
- enter your search term in the all of these words search box
- select theses from the collections drop-down box. This will limit your search to theses and dissertations
- the catalogue links to online versions of theses where available.
To search for dissertations from a particular taught masters programme:
- simply type the full course name (e.g. MA in Communication and Cultural Studies) in the all of these words search box
- select theses from the collections drop-down box.
- Index to Theses (Ireland) - a subset of the Index to theses database limited to theses from Irish universities. It provides access to abstracts of research masters and PhD theses only.
- Search Irish universities' and institutes of education's library catalogues, link here to catalogues of other libraries.
- RIAN: limited full-text access to research theses from seven Irish universities and DIT.
- Index to Theses (UK): theses from UK and Ireland universities. Does not include full-text.
- EThOS: the British Library's electronic thesis online service offers access to theses from participating institutions. Digitised full-text theses are freely available but registration is needed. If you find theses that have not yet been digitised you can request it for a fee.
- DART-Europe E-theses Portal: 1000s of full-text theses from selected British universities.
Australia and New Zealand
- Theses Canada Portal: abstracts for theses and dissertations. Includes limited access to full-text for more recent theses.
United States of America
- Dissertation Abstracts: abstracts only for over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses from 1861 to date. Full-text may be purchased for a fee.
- DART-Europe E-theses Portal: over 400,000 full-text theses in English and other languages from participating universities in 27 European countries.
- SUDOC: bibliographic information on dissertations/theses produced inn French academic libraries. Use simple or extended search and limit by "dissertation note"
- Dissonline: full-text access to doctoral and professorial dissertations organised by the German National Library
- Tesis doctorales: information on doctoral theses. Some full-text access. Catalogue also available through the Catalogo general page. Database maintained by Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
- Teseo: information on doctoral theses. Database maintained by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science
- Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD): access to brief citations only
- WorldCat searches the catalogues of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. To search for theses only go to Advanced Search and select Thesis/Dissertations from the Content drop-down box.
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD): union catalogue of member institutions (mostly from US, but some from the rest of the Americas and Europe). Some full-text access.