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Dissertations & Theses in the Bodleian Social Science Library

  • The SSL does hold dissertations produced by students on selected social science (usually Masters’) courses. These are kept in the Theses and Dissertations section of the library, next to the periodicals.
  • The SSL does not keep a copy of every thesis and dissertation produced by social science students.
  • In general, D.Phil. theses can only be consulted at the Weston Library, and the most recent are available on ORA subject to a default 3 year embargo.
  • M.Phil. dissertations in Politics and International Relations are not held at the SSL. They are generally deposited in hard copy to the Bodleian Library, but authors are not required to deposit a copy in ORA.
  • In some subjects, only dissertations which received particularly high marks are held.
  • Some departmental websites list titles of theses submitted for their courses. If your department does not currently do this, it is worth asking the administrator if it is possible to list these online.
  • Dissertations and theses are arranged by social science department (e.g. Criminology), the course name (e.g. Criminology and Criminal Justice), qualification level (e.g. M.Sc.), year of submission, and finally the first three letters of the author's name, e.g. CRI.CCJ.Msc 2002 GIL.
  • Some dissertations and theses are held for the following courses:

    • CRI = Criminology
      • Criminlogy (M.Phil.)
      • Criminology and Criminal Justice (M.Sc.)
    • ECO = Economics
      • Economics (D.Phil., M.Phil.)
    • IDC = International Development
      • Agricultural Economics (D.Phil., M.Litt., M.Sc.)
      • Economics for Development (M.Sc.)
      • Development Studies (M.Phil.)
      • Global Governance & Diplomacy (M.Sc.)
    • POL = Politics & International Relations
      • Politics & International Relations (D.Phil.)
      • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (BA)
    • RSC = Refugee Studies
      • Forced Migration (M.Sc.)
    • SLS = Socio-Legal Studies
      • Socio-Legal Studies (D.Phil.)
      • Law & Economics (M.Sc.)
    • SOC = Sociology
      • Sociology (DPhil, MPhil, MSc)
    • SPI = Social Policy & Intervention
      • Comparative Social Policy (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Evidence-Based Social Intervention
    • SPW = Social Policy & Social Work
      • Applied Social Studies (M.Sc.)
      • Comparative Social Policy (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Comparative Social Research (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Evidence-Based Social Intervention / Evidence-Based Social Work (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Graduate Diploma in Social and Administrative Studies
      • Social Policy & Social Work (D.Phil.)
      • Social Research & Social Policy (MSc)

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Searching for Oxford University Dissertations & Theses

  • University of Oxford theses are catalogued on SOLO.
  • When searching in SOLO, use the keyword "thesis", the qualification (e.g. M.Phil., M.Sc.), and the course title (e.g. Economics for Development) to find theses and dissertations.
  • Ensure punctuation is entered correctly, i.e. "D.Phil." rather than "DPhil".
  • SOLO collates search results from a number of different sources, including theses in electronic format hosted on ORA (Oxford University Research Archive).
  • The Bodleian Libraries Oxford e-Theses pages provide more information about ORA, which includes electronic versions of all theses in D.Phil., M.Litt., and M.Sc.(by Research) programmes submtted since 2007.
  • Theses held in the Bodleian ‘Stack’ can be requested to the Weston Library for consultation.

Searching further afield

  • Full text dissertations and theses are now available from ProQuest. If you are outside the University network, login to the database using your Single Sign-On. If your browser does not display the widget correctly, connect directly to ProQuest.

  • Various tools and resources for locating details theses and dissertations from other universities can be found in OxLIP+. Click on the "Subject" tab, and choose "Theses and Dissertations". Resources include:
    • Index to Theses - details and abstracts of British and Irish theses dating back to 1716
    • Dissertations and Theses - index and abstracts of North American theses
    • EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) - full text digital theses provided by the British Library
  • Substantial further information about non-Oxford theses can be found on the Bodleian Libraries' theses information page.
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