Students who are going to write their theses are constantly looking for useful information and resources in the subject area covered by the thesis.
In addition to books, scientific journals and databases provided by your library, probably you will search for theses that have already been written on the subject. This is no longer difficult as some years ago thanks to the institutional repositories: online archives containing publications of the members of a given institution, including the theses.
The availibility of the fulltext of the theses depends from the policies adopted by the institutions. IMT has its repository dedicated to thesis and you can download the pdf only when authors accepted to deposit their work in open access version (E-theses).
Here is a list of some search engines where you can look for theses and dissertations:
- Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) (UK)
- Pleiadi (Italy)
- CRL Center for Research Libraries Foreign Doctoral Dissertations (worldwide except USA)
- Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations (NDLTD)
- The Universal Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress
- Theses Canada
- BDTD (Brazil)