French Language and Literature

Resources, both online and elsewhere, for the French language and literature.

In France

BNF: thèses et écrits académiques.

Système Universitaire de Documentation (SUDOC): l'ensemble des thèses produites en France.

ABES Thèses. Accès à près de 6000 thèses de doctorat soutenues depuis 2006, de surcroît en texte intégral pour 4000 d’entre elles.

TEL (thèses-en-ligne) a pour objectif de promouvoir l'auto-archivage en ligne des thèses.

DART-Europe: E-theses Portal

Cyberthèses: L'Université Lyon 2

PETALE (Publications Et Travaux Académiques de Lorraine): Archive Ouverte des thèses et mémoires numériques.

Helveticat. The Swiss National Library has a copy of all dissertations written in the country. Add the word “diss” to your search terms in order to retrieve dissertations.

EthOs: British Library dissertations

Index to Theses: comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts in universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1716.

Access to Dissertations

Buy Your Own

As a last resort, you can purchase dissertations directly.

Dissertation Express : US, from ProQuest

  • Verify using the tools listed above that the document is not otherwise available to you free before ordering.
  • If Interlibrary Loan can't locate a copy to borrow.
  • Use a credit card or fax payment.
  • Orders are shipped directly to you.

Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses: in France

  • All doctoral students deposit a copy with the "Atelier national de reproduction des thèses".
  • Who in turn provides microfilms for libraries.
  • And also paper copies on demand (you can pay by bank card).

Print Catalogues

  • Catalogues in the library collections will usually treat a particular subject, time period, or institution.
  • You can locate printed catalogues of dissertations easily in the online catalog
  • Or in WorldCat.
  • For either database, do a Subject Keyword search on:  Dissertations France bibliography.