Find copies of theses or dissertations that are not available in digital format or in the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collection.
How to obtain non-digital theses
If the record for the thesis or dissertation you need does not include a full-text link, search Aurora, LAC's library catalogue, to see the holdings information (location and availability) for microform and print formats. From the Theses Canada Search record display, you can click on the OCLC number to open the record in Aurora. The Request an item page provides more information about how to request items in Aurora.
Theses or dissertations on microform can be consulted only in LAC's reading room at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. To ensure that material is available on the date of your visit, you can place the retrieval request in Aurora a couple of days in advance. Requested theses and dissertations will be delivered to the pick-up shelves on the third floor. While on site, you can use Aurora to request other theses, which will be delivered to the pick-up shelves within two to three working hours.
Make the most of your visit to LAC by consulting the Services for the Public page.
Requests for copies of a microform thesis or dissertation may be submitted using the online Ordering copies online available on the Copy services page.
Find theses and dissertations in other Canadian libraries
You can search for theses and dissertations at other Canadian libraries using Voilà, the National Union Catalogue. Within Voilà, limit the results by format to retrieve only theses and dissertations.
Most Canadian universities publish copies of their theses and dissertations in their institutional repositories. Consult the following list of theses repositories to find each university's most recent theses and dissertations.