Finding Australian theses

Trove documents Australia’s research effort, bringing together articles, books, theses and data sets for easy discovery. Currently Trove includes the details of more than 300,000 theses submitted in, or relating to, Australia.

As well as finding theses through Trove’s search interface, you can extract metadata about them through the Trove API. You can use this metadata to analyse research trends in Australia, or create your own thesis discovery tool.

We also have an OAI-PMH feed available for theses and we can provide access to this if you contact us.

For more information also see the Finding Australian Theses page on the CAUL website.

Browsing recently produced theses

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

Browsing recent Australian theses

Trove defines ‘Australian content’ as material created in, or about, Australia. You can easily limit your search to show only recent Australian theses.

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

Finding a particular institution’s theses

Trove can provide you with a list of theses held by an institution. Sometimes this will be the university at which the research was undertaken, but not always. It’s important to remember when you search by institution you are looking at research held at an institution, not produced by it.

You can limit your search to the holdings of particular institutions using 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 ‘Thesis’ facet under 'Format' on the left hand side to limit to theses.

You can only limit your search to institutions that have been assigned a National Union Catalogue (NUC) code. Some online repositories in universities might not have their own NUC code. You should also be aware that if select a digital repository you might be excluding print theses from your results.

Information about where a thesis was produced isn’t recorded consistently. Sometimes it’s in a ‘contributor’ field, but it can also be under ‘publisher’, ‘subject’ or ‘notes’. A simple phrase search using an institution’s name can be useful in finding research conducted there.

Follow new research in a particular field

If you're interested in a particular field of research and want to be notified when something new becomes available, Trove can keep you updated with 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 RSS feeds 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'.

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 'Thesis' facet under 'Format' 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

Create a link to thesis search results

This link that will take you directly to a list of Australian theses:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/book/result?l-australian=y&l-format=Thesis

You can customise the link by adding a number of extra parameters, for example:

  • Add &l-availability=y to limit to theses that are available online.
  • Add &q=nuc:”ANU:IR” to limit to theses available from the ANU Institutional Repository.
  • Add &q=subject:history to limit to theses on the subject of history.

 

Create a thesis search widget

To create a thesis search widget just copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your web page.

<!--Start Trove Search -->
  <iframe src="http://trove.nla.gov.au/static/searchbox/search_s.html?tab=book&l-format=Thesis&l-availability=y&l-australian=y" name="trovesearchframe" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0" style="width: 11em; height: 7em;">
    <a href="http://trove.nla.gov.au">Search Trove</a>
  </iframe>
<!--End Trove Search -->

Searches using this widget will only return results to Australian theses that are available online. Try it, it works!

More information is available on customising your search widget. The CAUL website also provides a useful guide to creating and customising thesis search widgets.

Use the Trove API to extract data about theses

You will need to register for a non-commercial use key to use the API. You can do this by:

  1. If you don’t already have one, sign up for a Trove user account.
  2. Log in to Trove and click on your user name to go to your user profile.
  3. Click on the “For developers” tab in your user profile.
  4. Fill in the form to apply for a Trove API key.

Once you have your API key you can use it to extract thesis data from Trove. For example, the following string will extract all Australian, online theses:

http://api.trove.nla.gov.au/result?q= &zone=book&l-availability=y&l-australian=y&l-format=Thesis&key=<INSERT KEY>

Click on the link to preview the results in the Trove API Console. Just replace <INSERT KEY> with your API key in your own code.

For more information on how to use the API see Building with Trove.