Dissertations and Theses

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During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to search for dissertations or theses.  Maybe you would like to see what other research has been undertaken in relation to your topic, or perhaps you would like to see what a dissertation or thesis looks like? There are many reasons why looking for this type of research can be useful. 

You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search, depending on what you want to find.

Find University of Salford dissertations and theses

You can access dissertations and theses by previous University of Salford students. Use the ‘Advanced Search’ option in Library Search to find these, and take a look at our Salford University e-theses collection. This collection covers mostly PhD level research. 

For help accessing our University of Salford dissertations and theses, watch this video:

Use databases to find other dissertations and theses

There are a number of dissertation and theses databases you can use to find dissertations and theses from other academic institutions.  You can access these through Library Search.   

Some of the databases you can access include: 

Find out more about the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database on our blog post: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses - You can do more/

We also have a ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global LibGuide to help you find out more.

For help accessing the wide range of dissertation and theses databases, watch this video:

Helpful tips when looking for dissertations and theses

 

  • Identify a couple of keywords to start with and use these when searching.  Don’t try to enter too many keywords all at once as it’s often useful to see what else there is around your topic.  Also, entering too many keywords can make your search too specific and you may struggle to find what you need.  Do not try searching using your whole dissertation topic title – this will not work! 

  • Can’t find what you need? Many databases only contain PhD level manuscripts.  Using ‘Advanced Search’ options within databases can sometimes allow you to specify other manuscript levels. 

  • Don’t worry about topic area too much if you just want to see what a dissertation looks like and get a rough idea of layout and format.   

  • Ensure you are looking at the correct level of research for your study. There is a BIG difference between a Masters’ dissertation and a PhD level thesis!    

  • Always check any guidelines you have been given by your school with regards to the layout, format and length of your own dissertation, so you know what to expect. If in doubt, speak with your supervisor. 

Get help writing a dissertation

There is lots of help available for students writing or preparing to write a dissertation: 

Further recommended resources

The University of Leeds have a selection of dissertation examples with an indication of the mark awarded to the student. Additional support resources are located on their Final Chapter webpage.