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Finding theses: Home

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 (general guidance)

When citing a thesis you should include the following elements in your reference:
  1. Name of author
  2. Year of publication
  3. Title of thesis
  4. Type of degree (eg Ph.D. or M.Sc.)
  5. Name of the University
  6. Country

Example in the Harvard style (you might need to format your reference differently when using another referencing style - check your departmental handbook):

Droth, M.S. (2000). The statuette and the role of the ornamental in late nineteenth century sculpture. Ph.D. Thesis. Reading University: U.K.

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