Here is a list of dissertation and theses search sites I have found. Feel free to use or adapt the list for your own purposes.
Dr. John Jaeger
Dallas Baptist University
Free Dissertations/Theses Sites
Abes: Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur http://www.abes.fr/abes/DesktopDefault.aspx?Loupe=Moin
Citations to French dissertations.
Australian Digital Theses Program http://adt.caul.edu.au
This site provides both citation and full-text access to a few thousand theses and dissertations published in Australia.
The British Library http://www.bl.uk/services/bsds/dsc/theses.html
The British Library provides access to citations of theses from British universities (most doctoral theses from the early 1970s onward), from the United States (475,000 doctoral theses), and from Canada (several hundred doctoral theses from 1980 forward).
Center for Research Libraries http://www.crl.edu
Twenty thousand doctoral dissertations from outside of the United States and Canada are searchable from this site. Items can be ordered through ILL by students, faculty, and staff.
Cybertheses allows access to citations of French dissertations from 1972 to the present.
Digital Library and Archives http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses
Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of over 6,700 theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for over 4,500 of these items.
Directory of Dissertations in Progress http://www.historians.org/pubs/dissertations/index.cfm
"The Directory contains 3,804 dissertations in progress at 170 academic departments in Canada and the U.S." This is a citation database of dissertations in progress in the area of history.
Dissertation.com has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology http://www.music.indiana.edu/ddm
This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations are from approximately 1950 to the present.
NDLTD - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations http://www.ndltd.org
NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.
PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress http://www.phddata.org
PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.
Proquest Digital Dissertations http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations
Proquest provides the past two years of citations and abstracts in their Digital Dissertations database at no cost.
Theses Canada Portal http://www.collectionscanada.ca/thesescanada/index-e.html
Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.
Theses Link Collection http://www.mkengel.de/thesis/thesis.htm
This site gives links to dissertation/theses search sites in many different countries, including Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway.
TREN: Theological Research Exchange Network http://www.tren.com
TREN provides citations to 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers. Items can then be purchased through this site. The opening page actually states that they have 10,000 theses/dissertations, but the search page allows searching of 6,800 items.
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