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Leeds University Library Training Materials:
Finding Dissertations
and Theses

                                                  Contents
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             Aims                                                                                          2

             About this workbook                                                                              2

             1. Accessing electronic resources                                                                3

             2. Searching for University of Leeds theses                                                      3

             3. Finding a University of Leeds thesis when                                                     4
                you know the author or title

             4. Finding a University of Leeds thesis on a                                                     4
                particular subject

             5. Finding a University of Leeds thesis from a                                                   4
                particular department

             6. Saving Catalogue search results                                                               4

             7. Searching for theses using Index to Theses                                                    5

             8. Saving records from Index to Theses                                                           5

             9. Obtaining theses found in Index to Theses                                                     6

             10. Searching for theses using Proquest                                                          6
                 Dissertations and Theses

             11. Saving records from Proquest Dissertations                                                   7
                 and Theses

             12. Obtaining theses from Proquest                                                               7
                 Dissertations and Theses

             13. Finding full text electronic theses                                                          8


If you require this information in an alternative format (i.e. large print, braille or
audio cassette), please contact any Library enquiry desk or telephone 0113 34
35540.

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Leeds University Library Training Materials:
Finding Dissertations
and Theses
AIMS
This workbook contains a number of tasks and activities which will introduce you to how to search for
dissertations and theses. By the end of this workbook you will be able to:

•   Find out thesis information from the Library’s webpages
•   Select and search a range of databases and resources
•   Use a database to find references to theses on topics or subject areas of interest
•   Perform searches of the databases using simple and advanced searching features
•   Save your search results for future reference



ABOUT THIS WORKBOOK
•   Things that you need to type are displayed in courier new bold font
•   Instructions assume that you are using the Internet Explorer browser (the ISS supported web browser), but
    you can use any web browser.




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1. Accessing electronic resources
Most of our electronic resources now use a simple login system.

If you are accessing electronic resources from home, or anywhere outside the University campus, you will be
prompted to enter either:
     - your name and barcode (from your staff or student card) or
     - your ISS username and password (i.e. the ones you use to access the University network)
You will also need to login with this information to view secure Leeds webpages which hold confidential details
such as resource passwords.

2. Searching for University of Leeds theses
The Library holds a copy of all PhD theses and some Masters theses awarded by the University. They are
mostly kept in store rooms, indicated under Location on the Library Catalogue. If you wish to see a copy of a
thesis, you can request it online via the ‘In store (stcem) – request here’ link or ‘Reserve this item’ frame in the
Catalogue, or you must have the title, author and Library shelf mark to request it from the Library Enquiry Desk in
the appropriate building. These details can be found in the Library Catalogue.

Exercise 1

Start Internet Explorer and go to:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library

Click on the link to Search the Catalogue, from the blue links in the menu on the left hand side of the screen.
You should see the following screen.




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3. Finding a University of Leeds thesis when you know the author or title
This is just the same as any Author or Title search in the Library Catalogue. Some theses may be marked in the
Catalogue as “Not available for consultation” or “Not available for consultation until (a specific date)”. This can
be because the research is commercially sensitive or to protect confidentiality.

Exercise 2
Choose AUTHOR search from the drop-down menu on the left, and type:

Cunningham, Anne and click on the search button.

or

Choose TITLE search, and type historiography and visual.

Note where the thesis is located, and whether it is available for consultation.




4. Finding a University of Leeds thesis on a particular subject
A keyword search will look in all parts of the Catalogue record so you may find that items are found, which are
not theses themselves, but which contain the word 'theses' somewhere in the record.

Exercise 3
Choose KEYWORD from the drop-down menu on the left of the search box.

Type theses bible into the search box and click on the search button.

A list of records containing the word theses and the word bible will be displayed.
Click on one of the entries. The search terms will be shown highlighted. Note where the thesis is located, and
whether it is available for consultation.




5. Finding a University of Leeds thesis from a particular department
It is possible to search for theses from a particular University department. Be aware that some departments may
have had more than one name during their history e.g. "Sociology" became "Sociology and Social Policy”

Exercise 4


Click              then click on the Leeds Theses link from the Search Options list on the right hand side of the
screen.
Type theses politics in the box.
Click on the search button, then click on the first entry Theses Politics.



6. Saving Catalogue search results
You can email copies of records to yourself for future reference by marking records in the list and then exporting
them. Try this in the exercise below.

Exercise 5

Mark a record of your choice in the list by clicking in the small check box to the left of the title.


Click on the button                                         at the bottom of the screen.


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Then click on the link                View/Export Marked Records.

A new screen will display the record(s) you have saved, so you should select Full Display and type your email
address into the Mail To: box, then click Submit.




7. Searching for theses using Index to Theses
Index to Theses is a database containing details of PhD and some Masters theses submitted at many UK and
Irish universities since 1716. It contains title, author and institution details. Most theses from 1986 onwards have
abstracts included, however some abstracts are available from 1970.

Exercise 6a
From the Library homepage at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library go to the Use Library e-resources

section on the left-hand of the screen and type Index to theses into the box. Click on the

Click on the second link Index to theses accepted for higher degrees by the universities of Great Britain
and Ireland, then on Index to theses – Portland Press in the Click to View box.


On the Index to Theses homepage, click on                          , then click on                             from the list on
the left hand side of the screen, as this gives you options to build up your search.



You will now do a search for theses submitted to Birmingham University on the subject of operas, using
truncation of the word opera* to include opera, operas and operatic.


Exercise 6b
Go back to the search screen by clicking on the back button, and remove opera* from the title box.

In the Abstract contains search box, enter the word opera*

Select Birmingham in the University field and select A4a.Music in the Class field. Leave the Connect fields set
to AND.

Note that in this case it is important to select Music, because otherwise by truncating opera* you will retrieve
thesis titles containing words such as operation, operating etc. By limiting the results to the subject of music, this
problem is minimised.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Start Search button.

Take a look at a full record for some items in your list by clicking on the blue text link.
Click on the browser's Back button to return to the list and select another record.

Now try doing some further searches on your own subject using the                                 or explore the
                    option which uses Boolean operators "and" and "or".




8. Saving records from Index to Theses
There is no direct download facility in Index to Theses. You could always consider choosing Edit>Copy> and
Paste into a new Word file. The following exercise suggests another method.



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Exercise 7
Click on Internet Explorer's browse menu at the top of the screen and choose File then Save As.... In the new
save box select Text file (*.TXT) or Plain Text (*.TXT) from the "Save as type" drop down menu.

In the "Save in" box, choose an area where you would like to save the text file (e.g. on the University network or
to a floppy disk (A:).

If you really want to save, as part of this exercise, finally click on the Save button.


You would then be able to open the saved text file using any word processing package (e.g. Microsoft Word) or a
text editor (e.g. Notepad) where you can then edit, or print the text as required.

If at any time the Save As…option is greyed out in the menu, right click in the window and from the menu that
appears, choose Open frame in new window then in the new window choose File then Save As…



9. Obtaining theses found in Index to Theses
Many full text theses accepted for Doctoral degrees by British universities since the early 1980s are available
from the British Library and can be obtained via the Library’s Document Supply Service at a cost of £2 per
request.

For further details see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/using/inter/
Be aware that theses are usually supplied in microfilm format, which can be viewed (but not copied from) in the
Brotherton Library. Ask at the Brotherton Library Enquiry Desk for further details.


10. Searching for theses using Proquest Dissertations and Theses
Proquest Dissertations and Theses (formerly known as Digital Dissertations) contains details of PhD theses and
some Masters theses from over 1000 institutions across the United States of America or Europe back to 1861.
Abstracts are included since 1980 for PhD theses and since 1988 for Masters theses. A 24-page sample is
available from theses since 1997 and there is also the opportunity to buy the full text online which is a useful
option as non-UK theses are often very difficult to obtain.

Exercise 8a

From the Library homepage at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library go to the Use Library e-resources
section and choose General from the drop down box Choose a database by subject. Click on Go

From the displayed subject list click the Narrower subjects heading
E-databases – General – Theses and Dissertations

Click on the link Proquest Dissertations and Theses and then Proquest Dissertations and Theses –
Proquest Databases

Deselect all the databases except for the 2 that make up Proquest Dissertations and Theses by clicking in the
small boxes to the left of them, and then click on                at the bottom of the screen. By default you go to the
Basic search screen.

Type the keywords federal and reserve and banking into the search box.

Now in the Date range drop down box at the bottom of the screen, select Last 10 years boxes, then click on the
         button.

To view the full record details and abstract, click on the blue underlined title link.



The    24 page Preview of the dissertation contains the title page, contents page, abstract and the first pages of
a chapter. You will now view these pages, and also display another item from the list.


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Exercise 8b

Choose a record from your list and click on   24 page Preview. Click on one of the thumbnail images of the
pages to enlarge that page (warning: this page can be very slow to open). Click on >> Back to results to go back
to your list.


Return to your search page by clicking on                     at the top of the screen.


Now perform an Advanced Search, which will give you a number of further options for structuring the search. In
the following exercise you will combine the previous search terms with new ones.


Exercise 8c

Click on the                  tab.

Type into the first search box the phrase bank of England.

Next click on the link above your search box 2 recent searches, this will open up a new window showing details
of your previous search for “federal and reserve and banking”. Click on                              , and this will be added to
your current search.

Now click on            to perform the search for records matching your first and second search terms.




11. Saving records from Proquest Dissertations and Theses
Proquest Dissertations and Theses allows you to email, print or download the results of your search so that you
have a copy of the references to any useful-looking dissertations. The download option enables you to open a
file containing a text version of the webpage of results which you can then save. However, the email option is
perhaps easier to use and more useful.

Exercise 9
On the page of results from your last search click the tick box to the left of the title of the first record. Then click
on     at the top of the list to see details of the record you have just selected.

Click on the Email marked documents link, then select an output format.

Type in your name and email address and click on




12. Obtaining theses from Proquest Dissertations and Theses
There is an option to buy personal copies of theses from Proquest Dissertations and Theses. This is useful
because our Document Supply service cannot usually obtain recent American dissertations (from 2001 onwards),
as the British Library no longer purchases all of them.

Purchases can be made by clicking on the       Order a copy link of a record. This will open a new window, and
you will be offered a choice of formats from the drop-down menu, and the price is calculated on screen. If
ordering PDF files the only payment option is to use a credit card. If you order paper copies or microforms you
can choose to print an order form and send or fax it to Proquest.




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13. Finding full text electronic theses
A number of universities worldwide are working together to set up projects to make full text theses available
electronically via specially created websites. This currently includes services such as:

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
Most of the participating universities are in the USA, though initiatives from other countries are now being
included.

Australian Digital Theses Program (ADT)
The Australian Digital Theses Program provides access to full text electronic versions of a growing collection of
postgraduate theses submitted at Australian universities.

Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada is maintained by the National Library of Canada. It provides free access to over 46,000 full text
Canadian doctoral theses completed between 1998 and 2002.


Exercise 10a

From the Library homepage at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library go to the Use Library e-resources
section and choose General from the drop down box Choose a database by subject. Click on Go

From the displayed subject list click the Narrower subjects heading
E-databases – General – Theses and Dissertations

Click on Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Click on the link Browse / Search ETDs. then click on the link VTLS search.

In the Search box type industrial safety and select Subject from the drop-down list. Click on Search.

A list of search terms will be displayed, click on Industrial safety. A list of theses about industrial safety will be
displayed as shown below.




To view further information about a thesis on this list click on full. Full text can then be downloaded by clicking on
the link displayed next to Multimedia above the Save to Cart button.




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Exercise 10b
From the Library homepage at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library go to the Use Library e-resources section and
choose General from the drop down box Choose a database by subject. Click on GO

From the displayed subject list click the Narrower subjects heading
E-databases – General – Theses and Dissertations

Click on Australian Digital Theses Program.

Keep All Institutions and select Subject words from the drop-down list, and type globalization in the
search box. Select the tick box Digital only and click on Search.

A list of theses about globalization will be displayed.

To view further information about a thesis on this list, including an abstract, click on the title of the thesis or More
information. Full text can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF links to individual sections of the thesis, which
appears at the bottom of the page.




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