Finding Theses

Massey University Theses

Note: Information to help with the preparation of a thesis is available from Guide to the Presentation of Theses.

The Library holds either a borrowing or digital/electronic copy of every Masters and Doctoral thesis completed at Massey University.

An increasing number of Massey University theses are available electronically through Massey Research Online.

If you are looking for theses on a particular subject, use Discover to search for a topic. Type in relevant keywords followed by Massey e.g. small business Massey. On the Results screen, refine your search by choosing Dissertations/Thesis under Source Type on the left-hand side.

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Theses From Other New Zealand Universities

NZResearch.org.nz provides access to research documents produced at universities, polytechnics and other research institutes throughout New Zealand. You can use this website to look for specific titles or authors, and to browse the research in various ways.

You can also search the New Zealand Libraries' Catalogue (Te Puna Search), using a keyword search, or search the online catalogues of Other Libraries.

If you need help in constructing your search, please contact us for further assistance.

Note: If you wish to obtain theses not held by Massey University, please submit an Interlibrary Loan request (login required). As there is a charge for this service, please read our Interlibrary Loan Service information. Theses from other New Zealand institutions are often for in-house use only at one of the Massey University campus libraries.

Overseas Theses

The following are multidisciplinary resources for tracking down overseas theses. Some of the sites below may provide the electronic full text of a thesis.

DiVA portal (Nordic Universities Academic Archive On-line) is finding tool and an institutional repository for research publications and student theses written at 40 universities and research institutions in Europe.

EThoS (Electronic Theses Online Service from the British Library) aims to provide users with full-text access to electronically stored UK theses. You will need to personally register with EThoS to be able to order your required thesis. Many are available for immediate download, others you will need to request. As not all theses have been digitised, there may be delays while this is done. Some institutions charge for digitisation, but most are free. You will receive an email when your order is ready to download.

Google Scholar may provide a link to the full text of a thesis. It is useful if you know the author and the title (or some words from the title).

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses contains over 2 million thesis citations from institutions in North America and Europe. Most entries also contain an abstract and a 24-page preview.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses UK and Ireland includes the entire bibliographic record of dissertations written in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1716.

Theses Canada provides citation information, including an abstract, about Canadian theses written after 1965, and access to the full text of Canadian theses submitted to the Theses Canada program after August 1998.

Trove (National Library of Australia) contains almost a million theses. Some of these are in print format only, others are available online in digital format. Type in relevant keywords. On the Results screen, refine your search by choosing Thesis under Format (on the left-hand side). You can change the ‘Sort by’ option to 'Year (latest first)' to view the most recently published theses. There is further search information available from Help on finding Australian theses.

Wageningen Dissertation Abstracts contains bibliographic descriptions of all PhD theses from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), from 1918 onwards. It is updated on a daily basis.

Note: If you wish to obtain theses not held by Massey University, please submit an Interlibrary Loan request (login required). As there is a charge for this service, please read our Interlibrary Loan Service information. We will attempt to borrow a thesis from anywhere in the world for the standard $5 interlibrary loan fee, however we will ask requesters to make a contribution to the cost if a thesis is particularly expensive to obtain.

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