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Theses and Dissertations: About Theses & Dissertations

Information about how to locate theses and dissertations.

As a category of scholarship, theses and dissertations, major projects and graduating papers, represent intensive research into a problem together with formal academic expression of the results of a scholarly investigation. This kind of work is often a key measure of a student's readiness to contribute to the discourse of a discipline, most often at a graduate level.

With these characteristics in mind, research in theses and dissertations can provide an introduction to existing scholarship in a given area through the literature reviews that the papers frequently contain, as well as awareness of emerging trends through the innovative work of their authors.

Try looking for dissertations and theses in LibrarySearch:

  • Enter words that describe your topic, or author name, to search within dissertations and theses in the VIU Library collection
  • Select content type = Dissertation/Thesis in the left menu

Writing a Thesis, Dissertation or Major Paper

Here are some resources about writing theses, dissertations, and major papers (more...)

See also the Citing Your Sources guide.

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