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Dissertations & Theses in the Bodleian Social Science Library

  • The SSL does not keep a copy of every thesis and dissertation produced by social science students.
  • The SSL does hold dissertations produced by students on selected social science (usually Master's) courses. These are kept in the Theses and Dissertations section of the library, next to the periodicals.
  • 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.)
    • Geography
      • Undergraduate prizewinning dissertations
      • MSc dissertations
    • IDC = International Development (ODID from 2014-)
      • Agricultural Economics (D.Phil., M.Litt., M.Sc.)
      • Development Studies (M.Phil.)
      • Economics for Development (M.Sc.)
      • Global Governance & Diplomacy (M.Sc.)
    • ODID = Oxford Department of International Development
      • Development Studies (M.Phil.)
      • Economics for Development (M.Sc.)
      • Forced Migration (M.Sc.)
      • Global Governance and Diplomacy (M.Sc.)
      • Migration Studies (M.Sc.)
      • Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (M.Sc.)
    • POL = Politics & International Relations
      • Politics & International Relations (D.Phil.)
      • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (BA)
    • SLS = Socio-Legal Studies
      • Socio-Legal Studies (D.Phil.)
      • Law & Economics (M.Sc.)
    • SPI = Social Policy & Intervention
      • Comparative Social Policy (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Evidence-Based Social Intervention (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (M.Phil., M.Sc.)

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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

  • Various tools and resources for locating details theses and dissertations from other universities can be found at Databases A-Z. Resources include:
    • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global
    • 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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