There is a world of research available to you in the form of dissertations and theses and much of it is openly accessible. Below is a list of some resources that you might find useful:



By default all dissertations held by the library are embargoed, meaning they cannot be viewed. Embargoes are common in most institutions if the author needs to protect sensitive information or patents or if they intend to publish their work commercially. Access is granted on behalf of some Masters graduates to registered users of IMI library. You can search for available dissertations using the library book catalogue: Book Catalogue › Advanced search > Click on Dissertation Archive > Search. Dissertations held in the library cannot be borrowed or copied. 


ProQuest Business Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest contains thousands of doctoral dissertations, primarily from colleges and universities in the United States. Access to this collection is for registered users of the library. You can use the ProQuest search tab on the library homepage or navigate inside the database by clicking on Browse > ProQuest Business Dissertations and Theses. Dissertations and theses also appear in standard searches. A parchment icon indicates that a document is a dissertation or thesis.



Rian harvests the contents of the institutional repositories of the seven Irish university libraries and other institutions in order to make Irish research material more freely accessible.

Contributors include: Public Health Agency; Connacht-Ulster Alliance Libraries; Dublin City University; Dublin Institute of Technology; Dundalk Institute of Technology; HSE; Marine Institute; Mary Immaculate College; Maynooth University; NUI Galway; Royal College of Surgeons Ireland; Teagasc; Trinity College Dublin; University College Cork; University College Dublin; and the University of Limerick.


ETHoS (Electronic Theses Online Service) from the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. EThOS hold records for all doctoral theses awarded by all UK universities and provides free, direct access to the full text of as many theses as possible. A full list of participating institutions is here. Where a digital copy of a thesis does not already exist, many institutions offer digitisation on demand of the print thesis via EThOS. A digitisation charge may apply.


DART-Europe E-theses Portal

The DART-Europe E-theses Portal is a searchable database of electronic research theses held in European repositories. The theses listed are open access - publicly available, in full, without charge. A full list of contributors is here.


Trove (National Library of Australia)

Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations in Australia. A list of contributors and partners can be viewed here. The easiest way to access theses on Trove is to use the Advanced Search option > Limit your results to > Format > Thesis.


Theses Canada (Library and Archives Canada)

Library and Archives Canada maintains a collection of theses and dissertations submitted to Canadian universities. For more information on how to search the collection go here.

This portal is provided and run by the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa. It harvests information and connects research users from around the world to research documents produced in New Zealand institutions. A list of participating institutions is here. You can use the Advanced Search option to limit to specific resource types, including theses.