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Theses and Dissertations

Searching for a Thesis or Dissertation

Finding Graduate Theses

Theses is the generic term, however if you need to distinguish between the two different types: they are referred to as master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.

Emily Carr Masters Theses, 2008 - to date

Theses written in support of all Emily Carr Masters of Design, Masters of Fine Art and Masters of Applied Art degrees are available in electronic format and can be located by searching in the Library catalogue, search theses by year. Theses written between 2008-2010 are also available in print as well as electronically.

There may be a time lag between the completion of a thesis and the publication and uploading in the library system. If you cannot find a recent thesis, please ask at the Reference Desk or contact the library.

Theses Canada

Library and Archives Canada has approximately 50,000 theses available electronically.
Use the Theses Canada Portal to search for theses in the Library and Archives Canada collection. Approximately 50,000 theses are available electronically.

International Theses

Feminist Art Hosted by N.Paradoxa and KT Press Theses and dissertations written about feminist art and contemporary women artists. KT Press encourages adding your own or that of a colleague to the list. Over 1100 theses listed here.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955 is a digitized index of nearly 100,000 dissertations by title, author and school, from an important twenty-two-year time period in American history.

Locating theses other ways

If you are looking for a thesis that’s not available through the Emily Carr Library or through the above sources, we provide interlibrary loan services for theses from other institutions. Borrowing a thesis will depend on the policy of the lending library and not all institutions lend their theses.

You can search for other theses through WorldCat, Google Scholar, or search other university library catalogues.

UBC Library has created a more in depth guide to Finding Theses and Dissertations.

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