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Finding SFU Theses and Projects

The Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) has print, microform, and web-based copies of SFU PhD and Masters theses, final projects, and extended essays for programs that are required or have chosen to submit them to the Library.

Undergraduate honours theses are not available in the Library. Some departments (e.g. English) keep bound honours essays in the department office. In some cases, the only possibility for finding an honours essay may be to contact the author or the faculty supervisor.

Web-based copies

Electronic copies are available:

Find theses by department or faculty

  1. Go to the SFU Library Catalogue.
  2. Enter Theses followed by the name of the department, school, or faculty.

Theses Department of [Department name]
e.g. Theses Department of Communication

Theses Faculty of [Faculty name]
e.g. Theses Faculty of Education

Tips:
  • Use Theses rather than Thesis.
  • Use Faculty only for faculties without departments (eg. Business Administration, Education).

 

Find theses by topic and department/faculty

  1. Go to the SFU Library Catalogue.
  2. Search by Keyword.
  3. Type in the the department or faculty.
  4. Add a topic word:

Theses Department of [Department name] and [Topic word]
e.g. Theses Department of Geography and Tourism

Theses Faculty of [Faculty name] and [Topic word]
e.g. Theses Faculty of Business Administration and Bonds

 

  • Use the asterisk (*) to search for all forms of a word
    e.g. femini* will find feminist, feminism, feminine, etc.
  • Use Theses rather than Thesis.
  • Use Faculty only for faculties without departments (eg. Business Administration, Education).

Find theses by topic and degree type

  1. Go to the SFU Library Catalogue.
  2. Search by Keyword.
  3. To find Master's theses, type:

Thesis [Degree type] and [Topic word]
e.g. Thesis M A and femini*
e.g. Thesis M Sc and prosthe*

To find Doctoral dissertations, type:

Thesis [Degree type] and Simon Fraser and [Topic word]
e.g. Thesis Ph D and Simon Fraser and femini*

  • Use the asterisk (*) to search for all forms of a word
    e.g. femini* will find feminist, feminism, feminine, etc.
    e.g. prosthe* will find prosthetic, prostheses, prosthesis

Using Summit - SFU's Research Repository

  1. Visit the Summit webpage
  2. Once there, you will be able to search by keyword, department, or author.
  3. Alternatively you could Browse our Collections and find an alphabetical listing of all subject areas at SFU, with links to theses, dissertations, and/or projects done by students within the program.
  4. Faculty publications are also available.
  5. Summit can be accessed from the Library Homepage under Other Collections.

Using Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index

  1.  Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index is a searchable database containing both citations and full text of millions of theses.
  2.  We have created a subset of SFU theses within Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index which you can search.
  3.  Type a topic word, eg. prosthetics, in the search bar.                              
  4.  Use the available options to focus your search, eg. publication date, doctoral dissertation, advisor, etc.

 

See also:

Finding an SFU MBA Research Project

Finding Theses/Projects from other Universities