Theses and dissertations are lengthy scholarly documents focused on a narrow topic containing extensive reference to the works of experts in the field. The results of original research or independent study are generally incorporated as well.
Since theses and dissertations are written as part of the requirements for masterís and doctoral degrees, itís not surprising that they are useful resources for graduate students preparing their own proposals.
The University of Lethbridge Library has paper copies of most graduate theses and projects produced by students at the University. Check the library catalogue for a record of the Libraryís holdings of these titles.
Records of dissertations and theses from universities worldwide can be accessed via the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database. All U of L authored theses included in the collection can be downloaded in their entirety, free of charge, from any computer on the campus network. A 24-page preview is available online for all other dissertations, and the complete item can often be obtained via interlibrary loan.
The Theses Canada Portal provides access to Canadian theses from as early as 1940. Full-text versions of theses published between 1998 and 2002 are available for free, and theses published in other years are available for loan in microform format.
For additional information, please contact your subject liaison librarian or ask at the Information Services Desk.
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