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Finding Theses

Discover postgraduate research theses from Trinity College Dublin and other institutions.

Trinity College Dublin Theses

Trinity College Dublin research theses can be found using Stella Search and refining your search results by selecting the format ‘TCD Thesis’.  You can also use the Classic Catalogue and pre-select the TCD Thesis collection.

All print theses held by the Library are in storage. Students, staff and visting readers should use the Automated Stack Requests (ASR) system to request them.

Note: Trinity College Dublin theses cannot be borrowed and must be read in the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher (BLU) Libraries.

Taught Masters dissertations awarded post-2004/5 are not held by the Library.

Undergraduate dissertations are not held by the Library.

Stays

Occasionally a thesis will appear in the Online Catalogue with a "stay" (embargo) on it, meaning it cannot be viewed. This temporary (usually between one and five year) restriction is made by the Graduate Studies Office on behalf of the author, not the Library.

Thesis Digitisation Project

We are delighted to announce that the Library is embarking on a large digitisation project of PhD theses (selected from date range 2000-2015) and will be uploading more than 2,000 as open access e-theses to TARA later in 2016. During this project, the selected print theses will be located offsite for scanning, and the catalogue record will show its location as ‘Offsite digitisation’.

If you wish to consult a thesis which is offsite for digitisation, please use the request stack item button from the record in the Online Catalogue. The print thesis will be returned to the Library for you, but please bear with us as it will take a few days.  

The expected delivery schedule will be that requests by Monday noon will be delivered on Thursday; requests by Wednesday noon will be delivered the following Monday. Readers will receive an email once the thesis is available for consultation from the BLU Counter in the Berkeley Library.

Notice for Graduates

Check if your thesis has been selected for scanning in 2016.

If you are not on the 2016 scan list but would like to contribute a pdf copy of your thesis, we would love to hear from you!

If your thesis is on the list and you require some restrictions on access to the electronic copy then please get in touch to discuss the options.

Contact us at: rssadmin@tcd.ie.

Theses from Other Institutions

Many universities are digitising their research output and making it freely available via their institutional repository – check their Library/University website for information.

British and Irish theses, including Trinity College Dublin theses, are indexed in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland.

North American and some European (including some Irish and British) theses are indexed in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I.

If a thesis is not available freely online contact the Library’s Inter-Library Loan Office.

Irish Theses

British Theses

    • Register at the site to search and download items
    • UK theses are free to download after requested once and digitised
    • For others use Inter-Library Loan to obtain at subsidised cost

European Theses

  • Browse DART-Europe for the discovery of European electronic theses