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Finding theses

Finding theses about Latin America

  • 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.
  • The Library has paper copies of doctoral PhD theses produced by LSE students. Search for these on the Library catalogue. Enter an author name and keyword. Once you have retrieved some search results, narrow down your hits by choosing the option Dissertations from the left hand of the screen. Paper theses must be collected from the Library store. To do this, expand the record and click on the Fetch symbol. Collections are generally made every 2 hours.

UK 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 LSE Classic Catalogue. Choose the blue Interlending and Requests button.
  • Further details on some Commonwealth Studies Theses in progress can be found on the website of the ISA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Portal. Note these mainly relate to nations of the Caribbean Commonwealth

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 an interlibrary loan request via the LSE Classic Catalogue. Choose the blue Interlending and Requests button.
  • An increasing number of universities overseas are also making full text theses available via the internet. See theses in our recommended links via the LSE Library delicious account.
  • Tesis Europeas sobre América Latina
    Tesis Europeas sobre América Latina is a searchable database of information about doctoral, postgraduate PhD theses about Latin America which is maintained by La Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina (REDIAL) . It covers theses which have been submitted at a selection of European universities. Most materials date from 2000 onwards. They cover the full range of social science, scientific and humanities subjects.

Finding theses written in Latin America

  • Biblioteca Digital Brasileira de Teses e Dissertações - BDTD - Inicio
    Biblioteca Digital Brasileira de Teses e Dissertações is a central catalogue for dissertations and theses from Brazilian universities and colleges. Abstracts are offered for all items and an increasing number can be downloaded in full text. Subjects include the history, culture, politics and social life of Brazil, Latin American and South American regions such as the Andes, Argentina and Cuba. Most information is offered in Portuguese only.
  • TESIUNAM : catalogo de tesis Mexico
    This site provides free access to theses databases maintained by National Autonomous University of Mexico [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México] (UNAM)  who coordinates the Library System which encompasses more than 140 libraries located primarily within the country.  It includes references to doctoral PhD theses from 1900. There is also increasing access to digital etheses from approximately 1998 onwards.