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A guide to finding theses produced at the University of Reading and in institutions worldwide

This guide outlines ways of identifying theses and dissertations published in your discipline, and those that are currently in progress.

Why use PhD theses in your research?

This video from the British Library outlines how PhD theses obtained via its EThOS service can be used in your research.

Citing a thesis

Elements to include:
  1. Name of author
  2. Year of submission (in round brackets)
  3. Title of thesis (in Italics)
  4. Degree statement (eg PhD thesis, MSc thesis, MA thesis)
  5. Name of the University or degree awarding body
  6. If accessed online: DOI or Available at: URL (Accessed: date)

Print thesis

Reference list: Lalani, B. (2017) Economics and adoption of conservation agriculture in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. PhD thesis. Reading University.

In-text citation: (Lalani, 2017)

Online thesis

Reference list: Alarifi, S.N.M. (2017) In vitro studies on gum acacia and its potential as a prebiotic in an elderly population. PhD thesis. University of Reading. Available at: (Accessed: 11 July 2022).

In-text citation: (Alarifi, 2017)

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