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Theses Information: Searching for a Thesis in the Catalogue

Provides information on finding for UCD and other theses

Title Search

Example: Locate details of a Ph.D. thesis entitled “Low back pain management by doctors” in the catalogue

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Type Low back pain management by doctors in the Title field
  • Select Thesis from the Format drop-down menu
  • Click on Search button

Search results:

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Note: This Ph.D. (Medical Subject) is held at the Health Sciences Library.

School/Department Search

Example: Search for theses submitted to the School of Mathematical Sciences in the catalogue

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Type School of Mathematical Sciences in the Author field
  • Select Thesis from the Format drop-down menu
  • Click Search button

Advanced Search:

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Search tips:

Try also, the Department of Mathematics, a precursor to the School of Mathematical Sciences.
As a general rule, only post-1995 theses are searchable by School or Department.

Keyword/Subject Search

Example: Search for theses which cover the area of masculinity in the catalogue

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Type Masculinity in the Keyword field
  • Select Thesis from the Format drop-down menu 
  • Click on Search button

Search results:

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Search tip:

Not all theses records include subject headings.  The JJL theses collection for example, includes detailed subject headings for post-1995 theses only. Pre-1995 theses are not subject indexed.

Additional Search Tips

- Use Boolean operators (And, Or, Not) for entering multiple search terms.

- Use Limiters to

  • Limit your search to theses held at a specific library site (Location), e.g. Medical theses held in the Health Sciences Library, Veterinary Science theses held in the Veterinary Library.

Note: A search term must be included when limiting your search by site.

  • Limit your search to year of award or a range of years.

Note: a search term must be included when limiting your search by year.

Author Search

Example: Locate details of a thesis written by Mary Catherine Reilly in the catalogue

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Type Mary Catherine Reilly in the Author field.
  • Select Thesis from the Format drop-down menu.
  • Click on Search.

Advanced Search:

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Note: This is an  M.A. thesis held in the James Joyce Library.

Degree Type Search

Example: Search for Master of Agricultural Science theses in the catalogue

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Type the abbreviated form of the degree in the Keyword field, e.g. M.Agr.Sc.
  • Select Thesis from the Format drop-down menu.
  • Click on Search button.

Advanced Search:

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Search results:

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Search tip:  

Other degree abbreviations include Ph.D., M.Eng.Sc., M.An.Sc,  M.Sc., M.Litt., M.A., LL.M., M.V.M. etc.

Thesis Number Search

Example: Search for theses number 11376 in the catalogue

  • Select Advanced Search
  • Select Class Number from the drop-down menu at the Choose What to Search box.
  • Enter thesis 11376.
  • Click on Search button.

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