Help on finding Australian theses

Trove contains almost a million theses. Some of these are in print format only, others are available online in digital format. In order to assist with finding relevant theses we have some guidelines and examples below.

 

How can I browse recently produced theses?

  1. Go to the homepage of Trove, type in your search terms and hit search.
  2. Select the Books zone.
  3. Choose the ‘theses’ facet on the left-hand side
  4. Change the ‘Sort by’ option to Date (latest first) to view the most recently published theses.

 

How can I browse recent Australian theses?

Trove’s rules for identifying Australian-ness include looking for the word Australian or Australia. Hence, theses using these words turn up in a browse of Australian theses.

  1. Go to the homepage of Trove, type in your search terms.
  2. Tick the ‘Australian content’ box below the search box.
  3. Select the Books zone.
  4. Choose the ‘theses’ facet on the left-hand side
  5. Change the ‘Sort by’ option to Date (latest first) to view the most recently published theses.

 

How can I do a more advanced, specific search for theses?

The advanced search in Trove will allow you to enter keywords, title, creator and subject terms. You can choose to have all of the words appear, any of the words, as a phrase or exclude words by choosing the ‘none of the words’ option from the drop down list.

You may then limit your results to Australian content, year(s) of publication, the theses format, online, or in a particular language.

 

How can I find a particular institution’s theses only?

Trove labels prominently the library that holds a thesis, but not the institution that it was produced at. It is important to realise when you do an institution search, you are not searching research produced by an institution, you are searching research held at an institution.

Another aspect of searching by institution to keep in mind is whether or not a research repository has its own National Union Catalogue (NUC) code. Where universities haven’t assigned a NUC to their research repository you must search across all the collections, and will have print theses, and books that were once theses, returned in the result set. Alternatively, by selecting the repositories, searches will exclude print theses.

You can limit searches to particular holding institutions via the advanced search screen.

  1. Go to Trove, select the Books zone, and go to advanced search.
  2. Scroll down to the grey box headed “limit your results to”, and to the Library box.
  3. Type the name of your chosen institution into the box.
  4. Select the specific library, location or repository from the list of results.
  5. Hit the search button.
  6. Results are returned for all items submitted to Trove from that institution.
  7. Click the “theses” facet on the left hand side to limit to theses.

 

How can I follow new research in a particular field?

You may be interested in a particular field of research and want to be notified when new research is produced in this area. Trove can provide you with something called an RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed. RSS is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. If you need help setting up an RSS feed we have more information available on our ‘Help on finding things’ page.

Instructions and an example search are below:

  1. Perform your search in Trove as usual.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
  3. Click on ‘Subscribe to this web feed’.
  4. Results will be limited to 20 items maximum and to items added in the last week.

Example:

  1. Go to the homepage, type in ‘climate’ tick the ‘Australian’ tick-box, and hit search.
  2. Select the Books zone.
  3. Choose the ‘theses’ facet on the left-hand side.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the results.
  5. Click on the link to ‘Subscribe to this web feed’.