Finding Theses

Finding University of South Wales Theses

Our theses can be found by searching the library catalogue, FINDit.
Print theses are held in Treforest and Newport libraries. Ask at the main desk if you wish to consult a print thesis.

Many USW theses are also available in full-text in the Research Repository. The library catalogue record provides a link to the full-text where available. Look out for the link 'Also available in electronic format from the Research Repository’.

Crown Records Management

A small number of theses are stored in our off campus document storage facility at Crown Records Management in Cardiff. If the theses you require is stored here this will be indicated on the catalogue record. To request the item you will need to fill in a Thesis Request form.

Finding UK Theses

If you are looking for a thesis produced by another UK institution, FINDit has several routes to UK Theses. Go to Find Database and then Title:

1. EThOS (external link)
Some of the most popular British theses are now freely available electronically through the British Library’s EThOS service. EThOS holds thousands of theses which have been scanned, others can be scanned (on request) free of charge and others theses are only available for a fee. You will have to register with EThOS to access or request theses.

2. Theses Collection Wales (external link)
Here you can find records for about 50,000 theses and dissertations which have been presented for postgraduate degrees in higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Wales. The collection comprises theses and dissertations arising from all PhD and research Masters degrees, as well as taught Masters Dissertations which have a Welsh interest or have gained a distinction.

3. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland (external link)
This database is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.

Finding International Theses

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses gives access to North American theses and dissertations, some of these are full text, though the majority give a preview only. Academic staff and researchers are allowed to request a thesis from here by an Inter-library loan.

Many European theses are available online through DART – the Europe e-theses portal (external link). DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. Dart is continuously updated, contains about 300,000 records from 423 universities in 23 European countries.

OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,453,652 theses and dissertations.