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University of Lethbridge Theses & Dissertations
The U of L Library collects all U of L graduate theses, dissertations, and projects. We have them in print/hard copy up to May 2014, when the School of Graduate Studies switched to digital e-theses. From May 2014 onward, they are in digital format and available through the library catalogue or the Institutional Repository.
If you are a graduate student looking to submit the final copy of your thesis to the Institutional Repository, please visit the School of Graduate Studies'
website, which details the submission process.
If you are unable to find a copy of a thesis or dissertation online, or if you would like a print thesis or dissertation that is not available at the library, you may request a copy through
interlibrary loan. In some instances, it can take several weeks to receive a thesis or dissertation, so be sure to submit your request early if possible.
What are Theses and Dissertations?
A thesis or dissertation is a lengthy work written and presented in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification. It presents the author’s original research and findings on a specific topic. The term “thesis” is generally used at the master’s level, while “dissertation” is typically reserved for doctoral work. Theses and dissertations are considered scholarly sources.
Most theses and dissertations, especially those written recently, are available online. For this reason, the term ETDs (electronic theses and dissertations) has become increasingly common.
Finding Theses and Dissertations
Use the following tools and resources when searching for theses and dissertations. See also the section on institutional repositories below.
To find theses and dissertations using the University of Lethbridge Library’s Summon search function, check the “Dissertation” box beside “Show content type” and check the “Include results from outside your library’s collection” box at the bottom of the page.
Dissertations & Theses (A&I)
Indexes over 2 million dissertations and theses completed at North American and European post-secondary institutions. Abstracts and 24‑page previews are available for most records. The full-text documents are generally not accessible through this resource. Use the advanced search function to limit your search to a particular institution, such as the University of Lethbridge.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Provides access to over 1.5 million theses and dissertations available from institutions worldwide. Select “Advanced search options” under the search box to limit your search by title, author, institution, subject, language, country, or date.
Theses Canada, an initiative of Library and Archives Canada, aims to acquire and make available a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses and dissertations. Use the advanced search options to limit your search to a particular institution, year, or language. You may also limit your search to electronic theses.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
Lists links to databases providing access to theses and dissertations authored at academic institutions around the world.
Electronic Theses Online System (eThOS)
Indexes over 380 000 doctoral theses from UK institutions. In many instances, full-text documents are provided.
American Doctoral Dissertations
Includes more than 153,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 70,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present.
An institutional repository (IR) is a digital collection of an organization's intellectual output. IRs centralize, preserve, and make accessible the knowledge generated by academic institutions. Theses and dissertations authored by researchers at a university can often be found in that university’s IR.
University of Lethbridge Institutional Repository – Theses
Provides access to over 850 theses and dissertations authored by University of Lethbridge researchers. These are also searchable through Summon and the library catalogue.
The Directory of Open Access Repositories, or OpenDOAR, provides a searchable list of institutional repositories around the world. Limit the content type to "theses" when looking for dissertations and theses.
Because theses and dissertations are often available for free from universities’ IRs, they can often be found and accessed through a Google search. Click on the drop-down arrow on the right side of the search box to perform an advanced Google Scholar search.