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Finding theses

Finding theses about Africa: LSE theses

  • LSE Theses online has copies of some full text examples of LSE PhD theses which you can download. Note that at present It does not contain all recent theses. These continue to be collected in paper.
  • The Library has paper copies of doctoral PhD theses produced by LSE students. Search for these on Library Search  Enter an author name and keyword. Once you have retrieved some search results, narrow down your hits by choosing the option resource type Dissertations from the left hand of the screen. Paper theses must be collected from the Library store. Collections are made several times a day.

Finding theses about Africa: LSE theses

  • The British Library is currently developing a project to digitise British Theses. This is called Ethos. Your first step should be to search this to see what is available online. You will need to register before downloading and there is no fee for this.
  • However, not all theses are currently online. For a comprehensive search you must continue to use Index to Theses (for abstracts to all PhD theses submitted in British and Irish institutions since 1715). Once you have found the items you need, you can place an interlibrary loan request via the Interlending button on Library Search

Foreign theses

  • Dissertations & Theses is an index to theses from North American Universities. You can access the full text of over 10,000 titles completed since 1997and references to all those submitted since 1861. If an item you need is not in full text online, you can place a request via the Interlending button on Library search
  • An increasing number of universities overseas are also making full text theses available via the internet. See theses in our recommended links via the Library delicious account.

Finding theses written in Africa

  • Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD)  is a project of the Association of African Universities. Search abstracts.