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What is a thesis?

A thesis or dissertation is a long essay or document involving personal research that is submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification. The format, content and complexity of a thesis or dissertation often differs between countries and discipline areas.

This guide will help you discover print and online theses and dissertations at Notre Dame, in Australia and internationally.

Where can I find theses & dissertations?

ResearchOnline & FiNDit

ResearchOnline is the The University of Notre Dame Australia's open access institutional repository and houses electronic versions of theses published since 1999. Click the image below to search for theses by author or keyword.

For print theses in our collections, search FiNDit, and filter by Dissertation/Thesis under Content Type (you may need to click More... to find the relevant filter).

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Trove is the National Library of Australia's discovery portal.

Click the image below to go to Trove, and enter an author name or topic in the search box to find print and online theses from any Australian university, including Notre Dame.


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Latin America
UK and Ireland

Postgraduate students and academic staff can request items via document delivery. Submit a request if you can't find what you are looking for after searching these various repositories. 

Contact your Liaison Librarian if you have further questions about how to find theses and dissertations.

How do I reference theses & dissertations?

The University Referencing Guide has examples for theses and dissertations: