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The Library collects UC PhD, Masters by Research and some Honours theses. A print copy of these theses can be borrowed and the full text online access is provided in the UC Research Repository where possible.

Find electronic theses in the University of Canberra Research Repository

The University of Canberra Research Repository preserves and provides access to the research outputs of the University to local, national and international communities. As well as publications such as journal articles, books, and conference papers, the Repository stores University of Canberra theses. We collect PhD, Masters by Research and Honours theses. As theses are made available to the Library, they are catalogued and added to the Repository and full text online access is provided where possible. This collection is open access and can be searched by clicking on the link above.

If you are an author of a UC thesis and would like your thesis to be available online in full text, you can contact Please include your name and the title of your thesis in the email. We will advise you when it is available.

Find print theses in the University of Canberra Library

We retain copies of Ph.D., Masters and some Honours theses completed at UC. Theses can be found by searching the Library Catalogue. The Advanced Search is the most effective method to search for them: Put in your search terms, such as author and title. Under Material Type choose Dissertations and click Search.

You can also search or browse the thesis collection here.

Find Other Australian or Overseas Theses

  • Australian Theses search in Trove Displays all Australian theses. To narrow down, enter search terms.
  • American Doctoral Dissertations is an open access database of mainly 20th Century American theses. Includes some links to the full text in institutional repositories.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses contains mainly US content
  • Theses Canada Portal accesses Canadian theses
  • Proquest Dissertations & Theses contains millions of theses, mainly citations and previews. Has a browse function to locate theses by location or subject area
  • ETHOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) is a new service from the British Library which allows researchers to locate theses from UK universities and download or purchase copies. A limited number of theses are available for free and immediate download. Registration (free) is required for downloading theses
  • ScholarBank@NUS Electronic Theses & Dissertations is a list of theses submitted to the National University of Singapore and its predecessor institutions, covering the period from 1947 to the present. All theses listed are deposited at the NUS Library
  • is an index to doctoral theses in progress globally, including some Australian theses
  • Education Research Theses is a comprehensive source of doctoral and masters research theses accepted by Australian universities in the field of education. It also includes some overseas theses on Australian education topics
  • OAIster is a union catalogue of academically orientated digital resources. When searching for theses add "thesis" to one of the search boxes. Initiated by the University of Michigan

Content Responsibility : Research  and Information Services

Information for UC Staff and Students

Theses from Other Universities

Many higher degree theses are available through institutional repositories. Search the relevant university library catalogue to find out if the thesis you want to look at is available online.

If a thesis is not available online, UC staff and students may be able to borrow theses from other libraries as an inter-library loan. For more information see the Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery page.

See the Finding Theses page for more information about searching for theses.

Many UC theses are now available online in full text. Search the UC Research Repository or the Library's catalogue to find theses.

Information for Other Libraries

Purchasing UC Theses

Only libraries are able to purchase UC theses, and only for inclusion in their collections, not on behalf of an individual. If a thesis is not available in full text online, you may be able to purchase it electronically or in print. To do this we need to receive a request for purchase from your library. All purchase requests or queries should be directed to Resource Services
Charges apply, and theses judged as larger than standard may incur higher charges.

Interlibrary Loans for UC Theses

University of Canberra theses are generally available for interlibrary loan. For more information or any enquiries regarding the interlibrary loan service please contact us at:

Email: Document Services
Phone: (02) 6201 5729

Content Responsibility : Research and Information Services

Theses Writing Resources

There are resources in the UC Library which can aid you with the thesis writing process. To find them, search the Library's catalogue:

  • Type in (theses or thesis or dissertation) and (writ* or guide*); or
  • In the Advanced Search: type in (Dissertations Academic Authorship) and search in the Subject field

Bibliographic Management Resources

EndNote is an invaluable tool for postgraduate students or academics preparing manuscripts for journal publication, allowing users to organize bibliographic references and saving retyping of references.

University of Canberra Research Resources

Graduate Research oversees the management and awarding of Higher Degrees by Research.

The Higher Degree by Research Policy sets out University policy and practice relating to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate and Masters by Research degrees. It includes policy on supervision of research students, admission, progress, examination and completion.  It also sets out the policy context for research training both nationally and at the University of Canberra.

UC Human Ethics Manual - Higher Degree by Research Students and staff at the University of Canberra who intend to conduct research with human participants must apply to the Committee for Ethics in Human Research for approval. This Manual provides information to help researchers decide when application is necessary and to guide applicants through the approval process.

Copyright Information and Resources

When you submit your thesis either to the Students' Research Office (PhDs and Masters) or directly to the Library (Honours), it will be made available online through the UC Research Repository. You will need to check your thesis for any material that is subject to copyright, for example if you have included any

  • diagrams
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • tables
  • photographs
  • musical notation
  • images or
  • audiovisual recordings

that are not your own creation, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owners prior to your thesis being placed in the Research Repository.

If you have or plan to publish sections of your thesis (e.g. in an academic journal), you will need to retain the right to place your work in the UC Research Repository in your copyright agreement with the publishers.

Make sure you apply for the necessary permissions early so that you allow sufficient time to receive an answer before your final thesis is ready to be submitted. If you cannot obtain written permission for any items, they should be clearly identified so that Library staff can remove them.

Other Resources

The Thesis Whisperer is a blog run by ANU thesis expert Inga Mewburn. It is dedicated to helping research students everywhere, and has submissions from all over the world.

Content Responsibility : Research and Information Services