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Information Studies: Dissertations & theses

Useful books for Information Studies

Dissertations and theses: introduction

Until recently theses and dissertations (Masters and PhD) were only available in printed form. Now, worldwide, institutions are digitising their collections thus putting these resources into the public domain. See the centre column for information about UKZN's digitising project and the right hand column for access to national and international resources.

New UKZN theses in Information Studies

How to find UKZN theses and dissertations

To search for print copies of UKZN dissertations and theses use the World Cat Local : icatalogue option and limit results to UKZN. If you know the name of the author or the title of the dissertation, you can do a keyword search for those. Once you get a resutls list, limit by 'theses' from the left hand column under Format. Theses are treated like books and arranged on the shelves in number order. Print copies of more recent theses are only available in the thesis collection.

If a digital copy of a thesis is available, the URL will be provided, otherwise click on the Research Space tab on the library website which is the repository for UKZN digital theses. Please note that the digitising of theses is an ongoing project so earlier theses may not yet be available.

UKZN theses and those from other institutions can usually be traced via Google.

Increasingly, all institutions are digitising their theses starting with the msot recent ones. If you cannot access a thesis via the Google link, go to the institution's library website and search within its digital theses.

Google Scholar Search

Searching for theses in World Cat Local

1. Click on the iCatalogue  tab, choose the Advanced search option,  and then type in details in the search boxes.

2. Limit search to UKZN libraries if this option is not already the default. When you get a resutls list, from the left hand side facets, under format, tick in the box next to theses to limit your search to items in this format.



Finding theses from around the globe

EThOS: British library collection of theses

GoogleScholar or Google - type in the topic and then either the words dissertation pdf for PhDs or thesis pdf for masters theses eg  "information behaviour" dissertation pdf

PQDT Open - the open access theses collection from ProQuest

Dissertations and theses databases for Southern Africa

There are various South African and international theses indexes.

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