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Dissertations and Projects

Please refer to the Research Skills tab if you require help developing your search strategy. During your studies, you may have to produce an independent research project, dissertation, thesis, or other lengthy piece of academic work. This tab offers generally applicable information to help you, supplementing the directions of your Tutor or Supervisor with details of the resources and support available from the Library.

Remember to use the Library Catalogue and Discover to search for useful books and journal articles to support your studies.

Useful books

You can find many other useful books on dissertations, theses and research projects on the Library Catalogue, many written to support more specific topics. However, the following general titles may help you to get started:

How can I find past dissertations, theses and projects in the Library?

Where course teams feel that it would be useful, the Library retains some previous dissertations and theses. Even if there is not a previous piece of work on your exact topic, you may still find it useful to consult the methodology or literature review chapters of other projects. You may also just wish to see how other scholars have structured and presented their work. 

Dissertations and theses can be found on the Library Catalogue:

  • Type 'dissertations' or 'theses' into the main search box, and select Browse (see picture below). Then click Search
  • This will produce a list of dissertations or theses arranged by subject area. You can then use the Next button at the top of the page to sort through results until you find a useful topic or item.

Screen shot of Library Catalogue with Browse option selected and dissertations in search box

 

Where can I find other past theses, dissertations and projects?

  • EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) 
    EThOS aims to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education. You can search the Ethos database without having to register, but you will need to register to download or order a thesis.
  • OpenThesis
    OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organisation, and collaboration tools.
  • PDQT Open
    PDQT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. The authors have opted to publish as open access and make their research available for free. Please note the content is mostly North American.
  • Dart
    The DART-Europe portal offers free access to full text European doctoral theses. The portal gives you access to over 360,000 open access research theses from over 500 universities in 27 European countries.

What other help is available?

Remember, if you are unsure about anything, you should check with your dissertation supervisor.

However, if necessary you can also book an appointment with your Academic Librarian (contact details on the 'Welcome' page of this subject guide) who can offer advice on how to find relevant resources including journal articles, statistics, and more. 

Skills for Learning offer support on a variety of relevant academic study skills - from reading strategies and IT skills to time management and academic writing. Their website has step by step guidance on planning your workload and structuring your dissertation, while in term time they also run workshops on a range of useful topics. 

If you need an article which we don't have in stock, and are a postgraduate or final year undergraduate student, you can request it using the interlibrary loans box in the Library tab of MyBeckett.

Useful software

The statistical analysis software SPSS can be downloaded from MyBeckett.

Leeds Beckett students can also access Microsoft Office 365 for free.