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Theses & Dissertations

Theses and dissertations are scholarly essays incorporating original research on a topic and are usually written as part of the requirements for a graduate degree.

How to find University of Guelph theses

2010 to present

  • Search The Atrium where content is free and electronically accessible to anyone

1998 to present

1997 to present

  • Search Dissertations and Theses (ProQuest) for full text electronic dissertations and theses
  • Only citations & abstracts are available prior 1997
  • Search by keyword, title, advisor or school, or browse by subject

Guelph theses & dissertations

  • Microform or paper versions are catalogued in Omni

    • Find these catalogued in Omni

      • Search by author, title, keyword, or department with the phrase - "University of Guelph thesis"
  • A paper copy of all theses published between 1966 and 2011 is held in Annex storage
  • To use the paper copy of a thesis published between 1966 and 2011 in the library, place a hold on the Annex copy
  • A paper copy of all theses published prior to 1966 is held in Archives and Special Collections
  • Pre-1966 theses are non-circulating and can only be used in the Archival and Special Collections Reading Room during regular opening hours

How to find other dissertations

Borrow non-U of G theses

  • To borrow a thesis, see if a circulating copy is available
    Search RACER (interlibrary loan) and fill out a request form
  • If you do not find the item click the "Blank Request Form" link in the RACER database.

Buy your own copy of a thesis

  • If the title you want is not available on loan, purchase a copy online via Dissertation Express. The purchase is not subsidised by the library.