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Sites concerning theses

Sites about doctorates and/or for doctoral students

Bibliographic searches for theses : databases, thesis catalogues

  • theses.fr : search portal for French theses.
  • Sudoc catalogue : French national bibliographic theses catalogue. Sudoc is a collective catalogue covering higher education and research institutions and gathers information on all the different version of theses in all study disciplines both in print and digital formats. Certain theses are accessible in full text format from the Sudoc catalogue, particularly those from the STAR application. A dedicated help page explains how to find a thesis in the Sudoc catalogue.
  • ANRT  (National Thesis Reproduction Workshop) at Lille 3 University - "theses à la carte" service.

Finding full text versions of French theses

Many French authorised awarding universities , grandes écoles or major institutions put their submitted theses on line including:

Finding full text versions of theses from other countries

  • NDLTD  : Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
  • Europe  : DART Europe – over 200,000 full-text theses from 19 European countries.
  • Cybertesis : portal providing access to digital thesis published in North America, Latin America and Europe.
  • Germany  : Multidisciplinary listing of de theses submitted in German universities. Over 3000 full text documents..
  • Australia  : ADT, 2,000 theses submitted in the twenty-two major Australian universities. Multidisciplinary..
  • Belgium  : BICTEL, listing of digital publications (theses and e-prints) from the French-speaking community’s universities in Belgium.
  • Canada  : Theses Canada. Archive of theses and dissertations from Canadian universities.
  • United Kingdom  : EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service).
  • Scandinavia  : DIVA – a database covering the theses and other research works from 28 Scandinavian universities.
  • Switzerland  : RERODOC – the RERO network (Romandie) digital library which provides books, theses, dissertations etc. in full text versions.

Finding the subjects of theses in progress

  • Thesa is the database of theses in progress in the member institutions of the “Conference of the “Grandes Écoles”” (CGE). It is co-produced by CGE and INIST-CNRS (Institute for Scientific and Technical Information).

How to buy a thesis copy ?

Since 1986, the National Thesis Reproduction Workshops (ANRTs) have been reproducing microfiche copies of theses and disseminating them to institutional organisations. (Of course this is only done when reproduction has been authorised)

  • the Lille ANRT offers a “Theses à la carte” service for individual users: if the thesis author has signed a distribution contract, the thesis is scanned and reproduced in its entirety without being reformatted in a print version. It is then included in the "Theses à la carte" catalogue distributed by the ANRT and can be purchased by teachers, researchers and students or organisations like libraries both in France and other countries. http://www.anrtheses.com.fr/
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