Databases for Theses

Current and completed research
Covers South African research projects in various disciplines including masters and doctoral theses of SA universities and technikons as well as information on research projects from NGOs, the private sector and government departments. All non-English titles of projects are translated into English. Abstracts are included for completed projects from 1988 onwards.

COnnecting REpositories (CORE) facilitates access and navigation to relevant scientific papers stored in UK open access repositories.

Database of African Theses and Dissertations containing citations and abstracts for dissertations completed in African universities. To search and access the brief citations, you must first register at the site and then login.
The primary function of is to provide students, researchers, and the general public with low cost access to important academic work. Publications are made easily accessible on-line and through thousands of booksellers, reducing the cost of acquisition and speeding delivery to those interested.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
An international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines; contains more than 12,000 records, including the contents of the earlier printed editions of Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology and supplements contributed from musicological centers throughout the world.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations
via SABINET Online
An experimental database that provides links to the electronic versions of theses and dissertations compiled from WorldCat.

via British Library
A single point of access to theses produced by participating UK Higher Education Insitutitons, many of whom support open access.  View a list of participating institutions

Navtech (SA Technikon Research)
The Technikon Research Database contains information on current and completed research projects undertaken at South African Technikons.

NDLTD – Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations is an organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.

NEXUS: current and completed SA research projects
subscription via the National Research Foundation and SABINET Online
South African research projects in all subject areas from academic institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector since 1950; many theses and dissertations are listed; abstracts are available for projects completed since 1988.


Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)

Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) is a resource that provides access to a vast collection of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) from around the world. OATD aims to promote open access to scholarly research by aggregating and indexing ETDs available in various institutional repositories, digital libraries, and other sources.

By collecting and making these theses and dissertations openly accessible, OATD facilitates the dissemination of valuable research across disciplines. It allows researchers, students, and the general public to access and benefit from the wealth of knowledge contained within these scholarly works.


Open access repository for research.

PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress
PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
subscription via ProQuest
Over 2 million master’s and doctoral theses and dissertations completed at universities around the world since 1861 are included in the database; abstracts are available for those completed since 1980; 24-page previews are available for some recent theses and dissertations.

The UKZN institutional repository which provides access to digitized masters and doctoral theses.

South African ETD Repositories

Durban University of TechnologyUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal
North-West UniversityUniversity of the Western Cape
Rhodes UniversityUniversity of Pretoria
UNISAUniversity of Stellenbosch
University of the Free StateUniversity of the Witwatersrand
University of Johannesburg 

Thesis Canada
Theses Canada’s portal provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available.

TREN – Theological Research Exchange Network
Provides citations to 6,800 theological theses, dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows searching of 6,800 items.

Union Catalogue of SA Theses and Dissertations
subscription via SABINET Online
Bibliographic information about theses and dissertations completed at South African universities since 1918.

University of Leiden – Dissertations online
Open access to the University of Leiden thesis collection, On January 1, 2005, a collection of Dissertations was set up as part of the Institutional Repository of Leiden University. As of January 1, 2006, it is obligatory for all Doctoral candidates to contribute the digital files of their dissertations. The collection is searchable using author, title, or keywords.