Theses completed for higher research degrees (PhD, Masters or Honours) form an important body of original research. The Library does not receive a copy of every thesis presented to an Australian university, but it does have a selection and has several indexes to assist in locating Australian and overseas theses.
In most cases, a copy of a thesis is deposited in the library of the relevant university. You can access the online catalogues of Australian university libraries through the Australian Libraries Gateway.
You can search for Australian and Digital theses through Trove, eg:
If you are seeking a thesis on a particular topic then you can used the Advanced Search function in Trove to narrow your results. Enter your search topic and select ' Thesis' in the drop-down list for 'Format', eg:
The website of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) provides additional information and links to theses-specific search pages on university library websites on their 'Finding Australian Theses' webpage.
Catalogue Search Tips
To search for a thesis on a particular subject it is necessary to use an Advanced Search and combine keywords such as Dissertation or Thesis with your subject.
To browse a selection of theses, and guides to writing them, select 'Browse alphabetically' and 'subjects', then enter the terms below. Add the country of publication if known:
Printed lists and indexes of theses can be found by using the same Browse subjects search. Look for entries with a subheading such as Bibliography or Indexes. For example: