Students in desks and browsing library shelves in Monash University Library

Sievers, Wolfgang (1963), Monash University: Main Library, students at desks  1963 nla.obj-143591614

Theses completed for higher research degrees (PhD, Masters or Honours) form an important body of original research.

There are a number of places you can search for Australian theses, we have outlined the three main sources for you below.

National Library collection

While the Library holds a selection of theses presented to Australian universities, we do not have a comprehensive collection. 

To search the Library's collection for a thesis on a particular subject:

  1. Go to our online catalogue 
  2. Type in your subject keywords, and add the keywords dissertation or thesis, for example: "global warming" AND thesis ; alpine AND thesis
  3. Hit find

To browse theses in the Library's collection:

  1. Go to our online catalogue 
  2. Select 'Browse alphabetically' and 'subject'
  3. Enter the terms 'Dissertations Academic'; for example: Dissertations Academic
  4. Add the country of publication if known; for example: Dissertations Academic Australia
  5. Hit browse.

We also hold a number of useful reference books on finding Australian theses, including:

Other Australian collections

Use the Library's discovery service Trove to search for Australian and overseas theses in over one thousand Australian collecting institutions.

For a basic thesis search:

  1. Go to the homepage of Trove, type in your search terms and hit search
  2. Select the Books & Libraries category
  3. Select the 'Thesis' facet under 'Format' on the right-hand side.

If you'd like to use more advanced options in your search, on the results page you can click on advanced search (underneath the magnifying glass icon) to see the options available. 

Hint: to find thesis that are freely available online, narrow your search results to 'Freely available' under 'Online'.

You can find more search tips and strategies on Trove's Australian theses blog.

University libraries

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. Links to many university libraries are also available through the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL).