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Sources for obtaining dissertations and theses on Africa-related topics (includes full text theses)

Africa (excluding South Africa)

Australia

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

France

India

Namibia

Netherlands

Scandinavia

South Africa

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

Print Sources


Africa
(see also South Africa)

 

Adolescent Reproductive Health Network (ARHNe): Health System and Health Promotion Research in Eastern and Southern Africa
The program targets adolescent reproductive health and risk behaviors. Includes list of theses and dissertations from Makerere University, some South African universities and other universities. Funded by the European Commission, administered by the Univ. of Oslo. http://www.nutrition.uio.no/ARHNe/ [KF] http://www.nutrition.uio.no/ARHNe/
CODESRIA. List of Theses Sponsored by CODESRIA
(listed by subject, from 1998 to 2002). Lists, by subjects, of theses funded by CODESRIA, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa / Conseil pour le Developpement de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales en Afrique (Dakar). Provides author, title, degree, date, pagination, granting institution. [KF] http://www.codesria.org/Links/Training_and_Grants/list_of_theses.htm
Database of African Theses and Dissertations
"The DATAD database contains citations and abstracts for theses and dissertations completed in African universities. The launching database includes works from all subject areas in ten leading universities and include abstracts written by the authors." Register to see selected brief citations. Full access requires a subscription. Participating universities are from Cameroun, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe. On the web site of the Association of African Universities based in Accra, Ghana. [KF] http://www.aau.org/datad/database/login.php
Database of African Theses and Dissertations: Report of a Feasibility Study
"A feasibility study (Feb. 1999) for a pilot project to index and abstract theses and dissertations completed at African universities." Part of the Project for Information Access and Connectivity (PIAC) funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Its director was Lisbeth Levey. [KF] http://www.piac.org/ Features include -
Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Médécine Vétérinaires de Dakar (Senegal)
In French. Thèses et mémoires de l'Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Médécine Vétérinaires. http://www.beep.ird.fr/cgi-bin/library.cgi?site=localhost&a=p&p=about&c=eismv2&l=en&w=utf-8
Histoire de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
In French. Site created by historians from West African universities. Contents include un annuaire des historiens [with current research, publications, activities), chronologies for West Africa and each of the countries covered: Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Mali, Sénégal, and a databases of citations to history theses (Mémoires, maîtrises, DEA et thèses) from West African universities completed from 1970 à 2004. The study, Historiographie nigérienne, bilan critique et perspectives, by Kimba IKRISSA includes a list of theses on Niger and memoires de maitrise from the Universite de Niamey, with graphs and statistics on theses production. The web site has support from the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie. [KF] http://www.histoire-afrique.org/
Kenyan Resources Database
"A project aimed at making available bibliographic information of theses and dissertations that have significant research carried out on or in Kenya." Locate theses by author, title, institution, year, and blocks of years. Those with theses or dissertations not in the database are welcome to include it. The Project Manager is S. Katuu of Vancouver, Canada. E-mail: kenyadb@yahoo.com [KF]
http://kenyadb.freeservers.com/
Madagascar - Theses malgaches en ligne
"Vous trouverez sur ce portail, l'ensemble des thèses et mémoires soutenus devant les six universités publiques de Madagascar et déposés auprès des bibliothèques universitaires depuis le 23 mai 2002, dans le cadre du projet Cyberthèses, soit en format html ou en format pdf." http://theses.recherches.gov.mg/
Memoire Online.
In French. Full text of Memoires completed at African and French universities. Some examples follow. Based in Paris, France. http://www.memoireonline.com/

Contribution à l'histoire économique du Soudan Français, le commerce colonial de 1870 à 1960 par Djibril Issa Niaré. Université de Bamako, Faculté des Lettres, Langues, Arts et Sciences Humaines. http://www.memoireonline.com/05/07/451/contribution-histoire-economique-soudan-francais-commerce-colonial-1870-1960.html

Le nouveau système d'avancement au mérite face à la politisation de l'administration publique béninois par Aubin Sessou Adroh. Université d'Abomey-Calavie Ecole Nationale d'Administration. http://www.memoireonline.com/06/06/165/m_avancement-merite-politisation-administration-publique-benin0.html

La protection internationale des chefs d'états et des ministres en fonction: Cas du Ministre des Affaires Etrangères de la République Démocratique du Congo par Jimmy Mungala Feta. KINSHASA - République Démocratique du Congo. Premier cycle Droit. http://www.memoireonline.com/03/06/124/m_protection-internationale-chefs-d-etat-ministres-en-fonction0.html

L'Intégration Juridique en Afrique : L'exemple de l'UEMOA et de l'OHADA par Samba DIOUF. Université Cheikh ANTA Diop de DAKAR. Ecole Doctorale Régionale Africaine (EDRA) DEA en Droit de l'Intégration et du système OMC. http://www.memoireonline.com/05/07/466/m_integration-juridique-afrique-uemoa-ohada0.html

De L'exercice des droits et libertes individuels et collectifs comme garantie d'une bonne gouvernance en afrique noire : cas de la république démocratique du congo par Pierre Félix KANDOLO ON'UFUKU wa KANDOLO. Université de Nantes / Université de Lubumbashi DU 3eme cycle Droits fondamentaux. http://www.memoireonline.com/02/07/362/m_exercice-droits-libertes-individuelles-collectif-gouvernance-afrique-noire-rdc0.html

Le NEPAD ou l'ère de la conditionnalité intériorisée par Julien Vlassenbroek. Université de Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL). Diplôme d'études spécialisées en études du développement. http://www.memoireonline.com/06/06/164/m_nepad-conditionnalite-interiorisee0.html

Le droit à la justice au cameroun (à l'origine de l'accélération de la modernisation du code pénal camerounais) par Amadou Mbeyap Kutnjem Chaire. Unesco des Droits de la personne et de la démocratie,Université d'ABOMEY-CALAVI DEA. http://www.memoireonline.com/07/06/177/m_droit-justice-cameroun0.html

La problematique de la fraude fiscale sur le développement de la république démocratique du congo par Ghislain Kavula Mwanangana. Université de kinshasa licencié en droit. http://www.memoireonline.com/12/06/303/m_problematique-fraude-fiscale-developpement-republique-democratique-congo0.html

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Find abstracts and full text theses and dissertations by language - Afrikaans, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga. Use the SCIRUS ETD Search to find titles by subject, author, title, institution. "(NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations." Based at Blacksburg, Virginia. http://www.ndltd.org/ http://alcme.oclc.org/ndltd/index.html
Register of Namibian Theses
Database of theses about Namibia. Access abstracts on theses by keyword, title, language, date. Full text theses will be available. [KF] http://greenstone.unam.na/gsdl/cgi-bin/library

See also the University of Namibia Library web site which has the Register of Theses and Dissertations.
ResearchKenya.org - Union List of Theses and Dissertations held by Universities and Research Institutions in Kenya
"database contains 12,343 records of theses and dissertations undertaken in Kenya, collected together by the Kenya Information Preservation Society (KIPS)" Includes theses completed for institutions located outside of Kenya and theses written by non-Kenyan scholars. "KIPS does not hold the documents listed." Has a directory of contributing institutions. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF] http://www.researchkenya.org/
UNESCO Clearinghouse of Electronic Theses and Dissertations
"A database of institutions (universities, libraries, computing centers, publishing houses, etc. with ETD [electronic theses and dissertations] projects), experts in the field of ETD, and technical and educational materials availabe on the Web to support and disseminate ETD." Includes the Particular Area Of Partnership Wanted. http://www.eduserver.de/unesco/
UNESCO Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations
For institutions interested in producing e-theses. "a resource for graduate students who are writing theses or dissertations, for graduate faculty who want to mentor ETD authors, for graduate deans who want to initiate ETD programs, and for IT administrators at universities." http://etdguide.org/
Universite Cheikh Anta Diop. Département d'Histoire - Virtual Library
In French. http://www.histoire-ucad.org/archives/index.php/ressources/accueil-bibliotheque-virtuelle.html
Contents include -

Mémoires et Thèses
Liste des mémoires et thèses numérisés.

Thioub Ibrahima, Le Rassemblement démocratique africain et la lutte anti-coloniale de 1946 à 1958, Mémoire de Maitrise, 1982, 85 p.
Universite Gaston Berger (Saint-Louis, Senegal)
In French. Full text theses. "Cette bibliothèque électronique recense tous les Thèses et Mémoires produits par l'Université Gaston Berger." http://www.beep.ird.fr/cgi-bin/library.cgi?site=localhost&a=p&p=about&c=ressourc&l=en&w=utf-8
Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)
In French. Mémoires et thèses de l'Université polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso. http://www.beep.ird.fr/cgi-bin/library.cgi?site=localhost&a=p&p=about&c=upb&l=en&w=utf-8
University of  Botswana. History Department. Subject Index and Checklist of History and Archaeology Dissertations and Research Essays Submitted at the University of Botswana, 1976-1998
Lists four M.A. dissertations and 222 B.A. research essays. [KF] http://ubh.tripod.com/ac/studrp.htm
University of Ibadan. African Regional Centre for Information Science, ARCIS
Regional centre for information technology training, research and advisory services. Offers M.Sci., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees, workshops, seminars. Includes a list of Masters degree projects and Phd Theses. Courses in record management, internet publishing, software and information systems project management, business information systems design and applications, CDS/ISIS, etc. Based in Ibadan, Nigeria. [KF] http://www.arcisng.net/
University of Nigeria, Nsukka - Virtual Library
Full text Theses, Dissertations, Journal Articles, and research reports by Nigerian scholars for other organizations are on-line. Listing by Subjects/Categories. Links to dissertations authored by Nigerians on outside web sites (such as U.S. dissertation sites). http://repository.unn.edu.ng/index.php/Research-Documents/

 

Australia

Australian Digital Theses Program
"...a national collaborative distributed database of digitised theses produced at Australian Universities....provides access to PhD and Masters by Research theses only." Databases of full text theses.

Includes - An examination of the impact of colonialism on cultural identity, by Denise Morden. http://adt.caul.edu.au/

A study to develop a strategic model for the Ethiopian tourism industry, by Teklehaimanot S. Shanka
Ideology as commodity : industry of a theocracy and production of famines in Ethiopia, by Liban Wako Adi.

The Quite Revolution: An analysis of the change toward below-replacement-level fertility in Addis Ababa
, by Yohannes Kinfu Ashagrea.

Science education reform in a post-colonial developing country in the aftermath of a crisis: the case of Rwanda
, by Jaya Earnest.

Effectiveness of a performance appraisal system in the Mauritian public service: raters' and ratees'
,. by Nalini L. Luckheenarain

Improving Sahelian food security through facilitating action learning: a case study among the Fulbe Jelgobe of Northern Burkina Faso
, by Paul Weekley.

 

Belgium

Universiteit Gent (Ghent University) - Afrikaanse Talen en Culturen
Find Masters theses (full text online, in Dutch) and abstracts of Ph.D. theses in English (some in full text - English in Tanzania: an anatomy of hegemony, by Stephen Mugeta Neke, 2002 and Adoption Potential of two Agroforestry Technologies: Improved Fallows and Domestication of Indigenous Fruit Trees in the Humid Forest and Savannah Zones of Cameroon, by Ann M. I. Degrande, 2005). The University is in Ghent, Belgium. http://www.africana.ugent.be/


Brazil

Biblioteca Digital de Teses e Dissertações, BDTD
In Portuguese. A Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations from higher education institutions in Brazil. A database of citations and of full text online theses. Examples of full text theses below. http://bdtd.ibict.br/

Politica educacional da Guine-Bissau de 1975 a 1997.
Dramaturgia angolana no pós-colonialismo : sujeito, nação e identidade na obra de José Mena Abrantes. A Sociedade da informação : perspectiva para Angola.
Estilhaços da guerra na obra de Lobo Antunes e Pepetela.
Olhares sobre a educação bilingue e seus professores em uma região de Moçambique.
Escolaridade em Moçambique: diferenciais regionais e determinantes, 2003.
Estudo de elementos sócio-culturais e econômicos dos Vatshwa em Inhambane: Um Subsídio Etno-Histórico para o Ensino Básico.
Tão longe, tão perto: organização familiar e emigração feminina na Ilha da Boa Vista - Cabo Verde. Perspectiva historica da organização do sistema educacional da Guine-Bissau.
CRIANÇAS E ADOLESCENTES EM SITUAÇÃO DE RUA NA CIDADE DE PORTO NOVO: CABO VERDE E SUAS ESTRATÉGIAS DE SOBREVIVÊNCIA..

 

Canada

American Historical Association. Directory of Dissertations in Progess
Database of dissertations in progress in the U.S. and Canada. Dissertations are submitted by the university department. http://www.theaha.org/pubs/dissertations/

Canadian Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations on Africa,  1905 - 1993
Citations to dissertations can be retrieved by region or country. From the Canadian Association of African Studies. http://caas.concordia.ca/htm/Page/acea.htm
Érudit
In French, some English. Find full text theses through a keyword Search.
Erudit is a Canadian university sponsored project to disseminate the results (journals, books, theses, eprints) of university research. http://www.erudit.org/

Examples of theses:
FACTEURS SOCIOCULTURELS ET CRÉATION D'ENTREPRISE EN GUINÉE. Étude exploratoire des ethnies peule et soussou, by Boubacar Diakité (Ph.D. Universite Laval, 2004)
National Library of Canada. Theses Canada
In English and French. "Search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in the National Library of Canada theses collection, which was established in 1965;
Access for free the full text electronic versions of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from the beginning of 1998 to August 31, 2002;..." [KF] http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/thesescanada/index-e.html
ProQuest Digital Dissertations
Citations and abstracts for U.S. and Canadian Ph.D. dissertations and master's theses. The same database as the UMI Dissertations Abstracts. Unless your institution subscribes to ProQuest you can only search for the last two years. http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations

 

France

ABES - SUDOC, Systeme universitaire de documentation
Catalog of French university libraries (and includes some other major libraries). Contains dissertations, and is searchable by author, title, etc. Once you have found the citation, click on "Localisation" and the holding libraries will appear. Click on this, and you will see if it is available for ILL (Disponible pour le PEB [pret - entre - bibliotheques]), click again for information on the library. Some dissertations will have two entries, one for the microfilm, which seems to be more likely to be loaned out (especially since it should be also in ANRT). [SS] http://corail.sudoc.abes.fr/LNG=FR/DB=2.1/IMPLAND=Y/DB_START
Association de chercheurs du Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Juridique de l'Université de Paris 1, ACAJ
In French, English, Spanish. Includes a list of doctoral students and their research topics, many on Africa. http://www.acaj.org/
Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses
"Toutes les thèses françaises récentes sont disponibles sous forme de micro-fiches que l'on peut acheter. See also the ABES web site. Supplies "thèses de Lettres, Sciences Humaines, Arts et Droit soutenues dans les universités françaises..." [KF] http://www.anrtheses.com.fr/
Adddress: 9, rue Auguste Angellier, 59046 LILLE CEDEX, Tél. : 03.20.30.86.73, Fax : 03.20.54.21.95, E-mail: anrt@univ-lille3.fr
Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature des Voyages, CRLV - Theses
In French. "fondé en 1984 est une équipe d’accueil de l’École doctorale de Littératures françaises et comparée de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)." Their Newsletter, Lettres du Voyageur, has citations to recent theses (such as Les Récits de voyage en Afrique subsaharienne aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, by Paulo Alves Vaz, DEA de Littérature et civilisation françaises, Université Paris-Sorbonne, septembre 2004, 95 p., Directeur : François Moureau). http://www.crlv.org/crlv/viati-web.php#Anchor-Afrique-47857
Center for Research Libraries. Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database
CRL, in Chicago, has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign doctoral dissertations (from the U.K., France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, etc.); only about 12,000 of these are in the online database. Members may borrow dissertations. Use the Keyword (or Author, Institution, Title, etc.) search. [KF] http://wwwcrl.uchicago.edu/dbdissertations/search.asp
Centre d’étude d’Afrique noire. Le réseau DIAM
"Organisé en 2 parties, ce cédérom propose une base de données bibliographiques riche de 3805 références analytiques de mémoires soutenus dans des ENA de l'Afrique francophone et, d'autre part, donne pour 21 pays d'Afrique et Haïti, un ensemble de données concernant leur situation institutionnelle, la chronologie des principaux évènements depuis leur indépendance, une liste d'organismes et une sélection bibliographique." "Fondé en 1958, le Centre d'étude d'Afrique noire (CEAN) est l'un des principaux centres de recherche internationaux pour l'analyse du politique en Afrique." See also the entry for ENA below. http://www.cean.sciencespobordeaux.fr/documentation4.htm
Clio en Afrique
In French. No. 1, printemps 1997, of an electronic journal from the Groupe de recherche (GDR) 1118 du CNRS, "Histoire de l'Afrique: Mémoires et Identités (XVIIème-XXème siècles)". Based at the Université de Provence.  http://www.up.univ-mrs.fr/~wclio-af/ The first issue includes:
  • a selective list of French doctoral theses from 1995-janv.1997
  • summaries of two theses
No. 2, été 1997 has recent doctoral theses
No. 3 has a List of theses en cours
Comptes-rendus et orientations de thèses
Ecole nationale d'administration, ENA
Has some of its masters in public administration memoires in full text online. "L'Ecole nationale d'administration recrute et forme la haute fonction publique de l'Etat." "ENA has welcomed many foreign students in its « International Cycles » since 1949." http://www.ena.fr/

Impacts des politiques d'ajustement structurel sur le fonctionnement de l'administration publique au Niger
/ Boubakar Tiemogo
La réforme de l'administration territoriale au Cameroun / Charles Nanga
Décentralisation et institutions publiques territoriales à Madagascar : processus et perspectives / Laza Andrianirina
Fichier Central des Thèses
Database of doctoral theses in progress in French universities and higher educational establishments. "More than 80 institutions are partners of the Fichier central des theses which records approximately 9000 annually subjects of doctoral theses. The database is continually being updated. The Fichier central des thèses is of vital importance to postgraduate students both in choosing their research topic and in discovering work being done on related topics." Disciplines covered: Humanities and Arts, Languages and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, History, Geography, Linguistics, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Education, Sociology, Theology and Religious Studies, Law, Political Studies, Politics and International Relations, Business and Economics." Maintained by Université Paris X Nanterre, France. http://fct.u-paris10.fr/
Lettre de CEAN (Centre d'étude d'afrique noire, Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux)
In French and English. The full text is available in Adobe pdf and in text rtf formats. Lists a few theses. The CEAN is part of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux. http://www.cean.u-bordeaux.fr/anglais/lettre.html
Memoire Online.
In French. Full text of Memoires completed at African and French universities. Some examples follow. Based in Paris, France. http://www.memoireonline.com/

Contribution à l'histoire économique du Soudan Français, le commerce colonial de 1870 à 1960 par Djibril Issa Niaré. Université de Bamako, Faculté des Lettres, Langues, Arts et Sciences Humaines. http://www.memoireonline.com/05/07/451/contribution-histoire-economique-soudan-francais-commerce-colonial-1870-1960.html

Le nouveau système d'avancement au mérite face à la politisation de l'administration publique béninois par Aubin Sessou Adroh. Université d'Abomey-Calavie Ecole Nationale d'Administration. http://www.memoireonline.com/06/06/165/m_avancement-merite-politisation-administration-publique-benin0.html

La protection internationale des chefs d'états et des ministres en fonction: Cas du Ministre des Affaires Etrangères de la République Démocratique du Congo par Jimmy Mungala Feta. KINSHASA - République Démocratique du Congo. Premier cycle Droit. http://www.memoireonline.com/03/06/124/m_protection-internationale-chefs-d-etat-ministres-en-fonction0.html

L'Intégration Juridique en Afrique : L'exemple de l'UEMOA et de l'OHADA par Samba DIOUF. Université Cheikh ANTA Diop de DAKAR. Ecole Doctorale Régionale Africaine (EDRA) DEA en Droit de l'Intégration et du système OMC. http://www.memoireonline.com/05/07/466/m_integration-juridique-afrique-uemoa-ohada0.html

De L'exercice des droits et libertes individuels et collectifs comme garantie d'une bonne gouvernance en afrique noire : cas de la république démocratique du congo par Pierre Félix KANDOLO ON'UFUKU wa KANDOLO. Université de Nantes / Université de Lubumbashi DU 3eme cycle Droits fondamentaux. http://www.memoireonline.com/02/07/362/m_exercice-droits-libertes-individuelles-collectif-gouvernance-afrique-noire-rdc0.html

Le NEPAD ou l'ère de la conditionnalité intériorisée par Julien Vlassenbroek. Université de Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL). Diplôme d'études spécialisées en études du développement. http://www.memoireonline.com/06/06/164/m_nepad-conditionnalite-interiorisee0.html

Le droit à la justice au cameroun (à l'origine de l'accélération de la modernisation du code pénal camerounais) par Amadou Mbeyap Kutnjem Chaire. Unesco des Droits de la personne et de la démocratie,Université d'ABOMEY-CALAVI DEA. http://www.memoireonline.com/07/06/177/m_droit-justice-cameroun0.html

La problematique de la fraude fiscale sur le développement de la république démocratique du congo par Ghislain Kavula Mwanangana. Université de kinshasa licencié en droit. http://www.memoireonline.com/12/06/303/m_problematique-fraude-fiscale-developpement-republique-democratique-congo0.html

RERO
In French. Online theses and dissertations from higher education institutions in Africa, France, Switzerland.
Examples - Acces et recours aux soins de sante dans la sous-prefecture de Ouesse (Benin) / Jean-Luc Richard. - (Suisse), 2001. (1134 pages). http://www.rero.ch/
La contribution de l'education a la croissance économique du Sénégal / Auteur: Sow, Abdramane, 2013
Universite Paris 7 - Laboratoire Societes en Developpement dans l'Espace et dans le Temps (SEDET)
Multi-disciplinary research unit on comparative studies of the Third World.

L'Afrique à Paris 7 site covers activities at Université Paris 7 -

  • 1999-2003 theses
  • a 14 p. + list of "Maîtrises et DEA" by country
  • Research (Maîtrise-histoire, DEA, Mémoire de fin d'études) from the Universite Nationale du Benin, Universite de Ouagadougou, Universite Nationale de Brazzaville, Universite d'Abidjan, Universite de Conakry, Ecole Normale Superieure de Bamako, Universite de Niamey, Universite de Dakar.
Paris 7: http://www.sedet.cicrp.jussieu.fr/sedet/Afrilab/Afrhome.htm
SEDET:http://www.sedet.jussieu.fr

 

India

University of Mumbai. Centre for African Studies. Doctoral Dissertation
Has a list of Ph.D. dissertations awarded or in progress at the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India. http://www.mu.ac.in/africanstudies/african_dissertation.htm


Namibia

Register of Namibian Theses
Database of theses about Namibia. Access abstracts on theses by keyword, title, language, date. Full text theses will be available. [KF] http://greenstone.unam.na/gsdl/cgi-bin/library

See also the University of Namibia Library web site which has the Register of Theses and Dissertations.


Netherlands

Center for Research Libraries. Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database
CRL, in Chicago, has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign doctoral dissertations (from the U.K., France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, etc.); only about 12,000 of these are in the online database. Members may borrow dissertations. Use the Keyword (or Author, Institution, Title, etc.) search. [KF] http://wwwcrl.uchicago.edu/dbdissertations/search.asp
Leiden University. Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies (CNWS)
Their monthly Agenda includes lists of Ph.D. theses. http://www.leidenuniv.nl/interfac/cnws/agenda/index.html

 

Scandinavia

Agricultural University of Norway - Theses
Has many conservation, agricultural projects in Africa. Has a list of masters theses, many on Africa. Provides "education in agriculture, food sciences, management and conservation of natural resources, landscape and community planning and aquaculture." [KF] http://www.nlh.no/noragric/
University of Bergen - M.A. Theses on Africa
Some M.A. theses for the University are listed on the Chr. Michelsen Institute site. http://www.cmi.no/research/studdiss.htm

University of Oslo
(Oslo, Norway)
In Danish. List of masters' theses from 1957 to date. Recent theses have abstracts. Some are on African topics. http://www.sai.uio.no/studier/hoyere_grad/sammendrag-kandidatoppgaver/
Uppsala University - Theses Database
"database contains the theses of Uppsala University from 1998 to date as well as some theses from 1997. It is an electronic continuation of the printed list Scripta academica and contains 3221 titles including abstracts. As from September 2000 1478 comprehensive summaries and 100 monographs have also been published in full-text."

Example - Lindholm, K-J. 2006. Wells of Experience: A pastoral land-use history of Omaheke, Namibia. Studies in Global Archaeology 9. Uppsala: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. http://publications.uu.se/theses/?lang=en

 

South Africa

Center for Research Libraries. Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database
CRL, in Chicago, has more than 750,000 uncataloged foreign doctoral dissertations (from the U.K., France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, etc.); only about 12,000 of these are in the online database. Members may borrow dissertations. Search the Foreign Doctoral Dissertations Database. [KF] http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=3&l2=15&l3=30
NISC's Biblioline - Index to South African Theses and Dissertations
Subscription only web database of South African doctoral and masters theses. Some libraries subscribe, thru the web or to the CD-ROM.  Web subscribers select "Subscribers click here for databases", then select "South African Studies". You can limit your search to the theses index. [KF] http://www.nisc.com/
Online Union Catalogs
A search on the subject  Dissertations South Africa in online catalogs such as World Catalog will retrieve many print sources for dissertations.
Rhodes University Library
Rhodes has started to put their dissertations online. Abstracts are available, but the full text is open only to Rhodes University users. [KF] http://opac.seals.ac.za/search/X?(rhodes)+and+(thesis)&searchscope=2&Da=&Db=&SORT=D

For example see, Van Vlaenderen, Hilde Rachel Maurice, "Group problem solving among community activists in a South African setting: an everyday cognition approach" (Grahamstown: Rhodes University, 1997. Thesis (Ph.D. (Psychology)) - Rhodes University, 1997.)
University of Cape Town
"The University of Cape Town does not currently offer electronic access to its theses, with the exception of the Law Faculty, which has its own digital repository, and the Computer Science Department, which offers electronic theses in its CS Research Document Archive." http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/index.php?html=/etds/etds.htm
University of the Free State ETD Collection
Browse by author or department or search for specific words to find full text dissertations online. UFS authors can submit their theses online. UFS is based in Bloemfontein. Browse Authors: http://etd.uovs.ac.za/cgi-bin/ETD-browse/browse Browse Departments: http://etd.uovs.ac.za/cgi-bin/ETD-browse/browse?first_letter=A;browse_by=department Search: http://etd.uovs.ac.za/cgi-bin/ETD-search/search
University of Johannesburg. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Database (ETD-db)
Browse theses by author or department. Provides abstracts. The full text is in PDF. The University of Johannesburg was formed from a merger between Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and several campuses of Vista University. http://etd.rau.ac.za/
University of KwaZulu Natal - ResearchSpace
"access to full-text digital theses and dissertations." http://researchspace.ukzn.ac.za/xmlui
University of Pretoria Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Browse by department or author or search for specific words to find full text theses and dissertations online. A few require a password to access and some are not available online at all. Has a link to other theses sites worldwide. http://upetd.up.ac.za/

Example of full text - The psychological impact of guerilla warfare on the boer forces during the Anglo-Boer war. By A. J. McLeod.
The Natal Afrikaner and The Anglo-Boer War. By Johannes Michiel Wassermann.
University of South Africa - UnisaETD : Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Free access to abstracts and the full text of recent (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) Unisa theses and dissertations. Browse by author or department. See Examples. [KF] http://etd.unisa.ac.za/ETD-db/ETD-browse/browse
University of the Western Cape - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Library
Full-text access to theses submitted for degree purposes at UWC. http://etd.uwc.ac.za/
University of the Witwatersrand. Electronic Theses & Dissertations
Search for Wits masters and doctoral theses and dissertations in their online catalog; but full text access is restricted. Use keyword thesis and your subject. http://hermes.wits.ac.za/www/Library/ETD%20intro/etd_info.htm

 

Switzerland

RERO
In French. Online theses and dissertations from higher education institutions in Africa, France, Switzerland.
Examples - Acces et recours aux soins de sante dans la sous-prefecture de Ouesse (Benin) / Jean-Luc Richard. - (Suisse), 2001. (1134 pages). http://www.rero.ch/
La contribution de l'education a la croissance économique du Sénégal / Auteur: Sow, Abdramane, 2013
Swiss National Library
One can order from the National Library copies of dissertations on African topics completed at Swiss universities.  http://www.snl.ch

For a list of Swiss dissertations, see Pfister, Roger (1997). Bibliography of Swiss Doctoral Dissertations on sub-Saharan Africa, 1897-1996. Berne,
Switzerland: Swiss National Commission for UNESCO. 76p.

The list by Pfister, plus updates, are on the CD-ROM "African
Studies" sold by the National Information Services Corporation
(NISC): http://www.nisc.com

 

United Kingdom

African Studies Association of the U.K. - Africanist Theses Recently Accepted at U.K. Universities
List of theses from 2005 onwards. http://www.asauk.net/theses.html
British Library. British Thesis Service - EThOS
About EThOS. EThOS FAQ. Purchase copies of theses. "Almost all UK universities make their theses available through the Service." One needs to register (free) if you want to download a thesis from EThOS or to order digitisation of a thesis." [KF] http://ethos.bl.uk/
Center for Research Libraries. Foreign Doctoral Dissertations
CRL, in Chicago, has foreign doctoral dissertations (from the U.K., France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, etc.). CRL Members may borrow dissertations. http://www.crl.edu/collections/topics/dissertations
CISTI, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
Has a document supply service, is reportedly able to supply on microfilm UK theses for $50.00. They are partners with the British Library Document Supply Centre. http://www.nrc.ca/cisti
Harvard University. Atlantic History Seminar. Dissertations in Atlantic History
Abstracts only. Has for the University of College, London, "The Sons of Neptune and the Sons of Ham: Slave Ship Sailors and Their Captive Cargoes" by Emma Christopher. [KF] http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~atlantic/Dissertations/dissertationsgeneral.html
Index to Theses
Subscription access only. "listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716." Cost - £410 and up depending on region. [KF] http://www.theses.com/
Institute of Historical Research (University of London, School of Advanced Study) - History On-Line
Its History On-Line has a keyword searchable database of U.K. history theses completed and in progress. Publishes the print annual, Theses in Progress, which lists theses on Africa in progress or completed at U.K. universities. [KF] http://www.history.ac.uk/
Lauer, Joseph - Recent Doctoral Dissertations About Africa
A listing of Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses on Africa from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Compiled by Dr. Lauer, the Africana Librarian at Michigan State University. The lists also appeared in ASA News until mid 2009. Covers from March 2009 onwards. http://staff.lib.msu.edu/lauer/theses/index.htm

 

United States

Academic Dissertation Publishers
Mainly U.S. Ph.D. dissertations and Masters theses online. The "first 25 pages are available free of charge." Obtain a copy of complete dissertations in Adobe PDF format for $6 or order a bound copy starting at $19.95. Titles include "Institutional Change in the Horn of Africa: the allocation of property rights and implications for development," by Sandra F. Joireman (1995, UCLA).   [KF] http://www.dissertation.com/
African Studies Association (U.S.)
Issues of the organization's ASA News contain bibliographies of U.S. and Canadian dissertations on Africa, Recent Doctoral Disserations, compiled by Joseph Lauer. They are arranged by subject. Example - July 2007, Vol. 40, No. 3 (47 p. in PDF). http://www.africanstudies.org/

See Lauer, Joseph for current lists.
American Historical Association. Directory of Dissertations in Progess
Database of dissertations in progress in the U.S. and Canada. Dissertations are submitted by the university department. http://www.theaha.org/pubs/dissertations/
Center for Research Libraries
Foreign Doctoral Dissertations
CRL, in Chicago, has more than 800,000 foreign doctoral dissertations (from the U.K., France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Kenya, etc.). Background on the Dissertations.
 

CAMP Members may request dissertations for purchase by CRL..
CAMP By-Laws, Appendix II: Schedule of Demand Purchase Expenses
1. Items costing up to $200 - requests go directly to CAMP administrator at CRL who processes the request.
2. Items costing $200-$600 - requests go to the Chairperson of the CAMP Executive Committee who acts upon the request following the guidelines of CAMP policy. The Chairperson forwards the request to the CAMP administrator at CRL for processing.
Diplomica Online
Provides Ph.D. dissertations and masters theses by e-mail or in print form. No prices given. Based in Pittsburg, PA, they work with U.S. and German academic organizations such as NDLTD, Bavarian State Libraries. [KF] http://www.diplomica.com/
Dissertation Abstracts
UMI Online Dissertation Services sells copies of dissertations which you can locate through Dissertation Abstracts which many universities subscribe to; ask your Reference Librarian. Citations and abstracts for U.S. and Canadian Ph.D. dissertations and master's theses. [Stanford users access through Proquest Digital Dissertations or see Dissertation Abstracts on the All Databases page.] [KF] http://www.umi.com/hp/Products/Dissertations.html

Stanford Users see Dissertation Abstracts and Stanford full text dissertations online. You need to put and between the search keywords.

Stanford University dissertations are no longer in Dissertation Abstracts as a routine matter. From approx. 2010 they will be listed in Google. See article from Stanford Report, October 29, 2009 - http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/october26/electronic-dissertation-pilot-102909.html
Dissertation.com
"The primary function of Dissertation.com is to provide students, researchers, and the general public with low cost access to important academic work." Each title is about $30. One can see the first 25 pages for free (in Adobe PDF format). Has for ex. "Sozio-ökonomische Wirkungen der Anlage von Steinkonturwällen in kleinbäuerlichen Betrieben der Provinz Bam/Burkina Faso," by Dagmar Kunze and "Institutional Change in the Horn of Africa: the allocation of property rights and implications for development" by Sandra F. Joireman. The theses are also available thru e-book sellers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders. [KF] http://www.dissertation.com/
H-Africa
Lists dissertation information sent in by H-Africa members since 1995. Includes an abstract supplied by the author. http://h-net2.msu.edu/~africa/biblio/index.html
Lauer, Joseph - Recent Doctoral Dissertations About Africa
A listing of Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses on Africa from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Compiled by Dr. Lauer, the Africana Librarian at Michigan State University. The lists also appeared in ASA News until mid 2009. Covers from March 2009 onwards. http://staff.lib.msu.edu/lauer/theses/index.htm

Note: Stanford University dissertations are no longer in Dissertation Abstracts as a routine matter. From approx. 2010 they will be listed in Google. See article from Stanford Report, October 29, 2009 - http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/october26/electronic-dissertation-pilot-102909.html
Levine, S. Joseph - Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation
Dr. Levine is with the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. http://www.msue.msu.edu/aee/dissthes/guide.htm
MIT Theses Online
Has selected MIT theses only. For example, has the full text of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's thesis, "International joint venture with a government partner case study: copper mining in Zambia." http://theses.mit.edu/
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Find abstracts and full text theses and dissertations by language. Use the SCIRUS ETD Search to find titles by subject, author, title, institution. "(NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations." Based at Blacksburg, Virginia. http://www.ndltd.org/ http://alcme.oclc.org/ndltd/index.html

Examples of full text Ph.D. dissertations:

The Groundnut Market in Senegal: Examination of Price and Policy Changes, by James Katon Gray (Ph.D. Virginia Tech, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2002.)

Spatio-Temporal Effects of Land Use Changes in A Savanna Wildlife Area of Kenya, by Enos E.Esikuri (Ph.D. Virginia Tech, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, 1998.)
Ohio University Libraries - African Studies-Related Dissertations and Theses
List, by country then by subject, of Ohio University's African studies theses. http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/africa/diss.html
Stanford University Dissertations
Open only to Stanford users. Full text dissertations from 1989 + in Adobe .pdf format. Many universities also have their own dissertations online open only to their users; please ask your librarian. Files are large (ex. 17 MB) and need to be downloaded to your computer. [KF] http://wwwlib.umi.com/cr/stanford/main
University of Florida Africa-Related Dissertations and Theses, 1956 +
Arranged by author with subject and country indexes and indexes by department and degree. http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/cm/africana/disserta.htm
University of Pennsylvania
Free online Univ of Pennsylvania dissertations. Also free abstracts for purchase only theses & dissertations. http://repository.upenn.edu/edissertations/ http://repository.upenn.edu/etd.html
University of Pittsburg - Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Full text on-line theses and dissertations. http://www.pitt.edu/%7Egraduate/etd/
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Africa-Related Theses and Dissertations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988-2000 (arranged by subject) http://www.afrst.uiuc.edu/Library/Diss1988-2000.html
Africa-Related Theses and Dissertations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1921-1988 [KF] http://www.afrst.uiuc.edu/Library/Diss1921-88.html
University of Pittsburg. Health Sciences Library System - Recent Dissertations in the Medical Humanities
Citations only. [If your university subscribes to ProQuest Digital Dissertations, you may see abstracts and selected pages.] Includes some Africa-related dissertations. See for ex. the subjects: AIDS (Social and Historical Contexts), Public Health/International Health, etc. Maintained by John Erlen, University of Pittsburgh. [KF] http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/guides/histmed/researchresources/dissertations/index_html


Print (and CD) Sources for Dissertations

ASA News "Recent Doctoral Dissertations" - by Joseph J. Lauer and others.
Each issue of the African Studies Association (U.S.) newsletter, ASA News, carries a list, by subject, of recent American, Canadian, and U.K. dissertations
Center for Research Libraries (U.S.) Foreign doctoral dissertations purchased on demand by the Center for Research Libraries.
Chicago : The Center [1980?]. 29 p. [At Stanford, see: Hoover Reference Librarian's Desk Z3509 .C46
Center for Research Libraries. Handbook. Dissertations.
Has a list of world wide print sources for dissertations. Describes their dissertation collection program (most are not cataloged). Based in Chicago. http://www.crl.edu/content.asp?l1=5&l2=22&l3=39&top=11
Chanson-Jabeur, Chantal.
L'Histoire africaine en Afrique : recensement analytique des travaux universitaires inedits soutenus dans les Universites francophones d'Afrique noire ... / Chantal Chanson-Jabeur, Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, eds. Paris : L'Harmattan, 1995. 245 p.
Denzer, LaRay. "Africans with Northwestern University Ph.D.s."
In Vision and Policy in Nigerian economics: the Legacy of Pius Okigbo, edited by Jane I. Guyer and LaRay Denzer. Lagos, Nigeria: Centre for Social Science Research and Development.
Gerdes, Paulos
African Doctorates in Mathematics. A Catalogue and Doctoral Theses by Mozambicans and about Mozambique can be ordered in print or digital form from the Lulu.com site. Lulu was founded by Bob Young, the co-founder of Red Hat, the Linux company. http://stores.lulu.com/pgerdes
Larby, Patricia M.
Theses on Africa completed at U.K. universities, 1994-1996: Part 1, Africa in general, West Africa, Central Africa, in African Research & Documentation, No. 77, 1998
Larby, Patricia M.
Theses on Africa completed at U.K. universities,
1994-1996: Part 2, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
, in African Research & Documentation, No. 78, 1998
University of Swaziland. Master's Degree Abstracts.
Vol. 1. Abstract Numbers 1-40. Luyengo: UNISWA Research Centre, 2005. 64 pages. Organization by Prof. O. T. Edje.
Portuguese Studies Review - Dissertations and Theses Section
Lists dissertations on Lusophone Africa from the U.K., Portugal, Canada, U.S. Based at the Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. 
Synopses of abstracts of Ph.d and master theses : 1990-2007.
By V. O. Aghayere, V. A. Uhunmwangho, and M. E. Ufuah. Ekpoma [Nigeria]: School of Postgraduate Studies, Ambrose Alli University, 2007. 869 p. ISBN: 9789780823658
Union List of Theses and Dissertations held by Universities and Research Institutions in Kenya
Nairobi: Kenya Information Preservation Society. Annual. Began publication with Issue no. 1 (Mar. 2003) - no. 2 (2005). On CD-ROM.
Yale University. African Collection
Has a list of print sources for dissertations about Africa. http://www.library.yale.edu/african/VIII.htm



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