Dissertation database with full-text search and access - (Mar/22/2014 )
I just found out about a French dissertation database called theses.fr which apparently gives an overview over complete dissertations, dissertations in making and allows full-text search as well as online full-text access. However, it only covers dissertations from French universities.
Now I'm wondering whether anything like that exists for dissertations from, say, the US, the UK, or any other English-speaking countries (or in my case also German-speaking countries).
I didn't do an extensive google search for such databases yet, but I'd just like to know if anyone knows of particular dissertation databases offering full-text search and access.
There is one but I forgot the name since I graduated 3 years ago. I used to login to that website via our library's website. We couldn't login from outside the uni.
I'm sorry for replying to your question without giving any name, but I just want to say that such website(s) exist and are quite popular. Maybe you need to check with your library, or wait for other users to reply.
Proquest exists: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/dissertations/ (but it's commercial and the library might have an account)
And for germany here: http://www.dnb.de/DE/Wir/Kooperation/dissonline/dissonline_node.html
Yes Proquest is the one.
http://dissexpress.umi.com/dxweb/search.html (angloamerican theses (US, UK, Can only)
http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/search.html (uses proquest for free somehow)
and surely several more
Thanks Curtis and Hobglobin !
There are really some good links in there, especially the open access ones are useful. Also found this one which was linked on the dnb website:
http://www.dart-europe.eu/About/info.php - covers theses from Europe
I also meanwhile found this:
http://www.ndltd.org/resources/find-etds - overview of different online dissertation portals, sorted by geographic regions, not all of them are open access though