Tracy talks you through finding and accessing dissertations and theses.
During the course of your studies, you may find that you need to look for dissertations or theses. Maybe you would like to see what other research has been undertaken in relation to your topic, or perhaps you would like to see what a dissertation or thesis looks like.
You can use Library Search to help you find them and there are a number of different ways to search depending on what you want.
Finding University of Salford dissertations and theses
You can use the ‘Advanced Search’ option in Library Search to find the dissertations and theses by previous University of Salford students.
To find out how to do this, take a look here: http://salford.libanswers.com/faq/94021
Using databases to find other dissertations and theses
There are a number of databases you can use to find dissertations and theses from other academic insitutions. You can access these through Library Search.
To find out how to do this, take a look here: http://salford.libanswers.com/e-resources/faq/137926
Helpful tips when looking for dissertations and theses:
- Select a couple of keywords and use these when searching. Don’t try to enter too many keywords all at once as it’s often useful to see what else there is around your topic. Also, entering too many keywords can make your search too specific and you may struggle to fnd what you need.
- Can’t find what you need? Many databases only contain PhD level manuscripts. Using advanced search options within certain databases can sometimes allow you to specify other manuscript levels.
- Don’t worry about topic area too much if you just want to see what one looks like. Looking at any of them should give you an idea of layout and format. Always check any guidelines you have been given by your school.
Writing a dissertation ? Need further help?
There is lots of help available for students writing or preparing to write a dissertation. Check out our Skills for Learning webpage here for further support: http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/reading-and-writing.