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I'm a mathematician/computer scientist (my interests lie around the intersection of the two), and often when I want an introduction to a new research area I find that well-written dissertations are the best way to get up-to-speed quickly.

The problem is that I have no good way of finding these resources. I just Google "[subject name] dissertation" and look through the topics, or if I'm lucky someone in the field that I know will point me to a specific person's thesis. Is there any better resource for finding recent dissertations that are publicly available?

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    Find good paper on the topic from a year or two ago, from a university. Google that university's library listings of theses, and search on several of the initial names on the paper...
    – Jon Custer
    Aug 15 at 16:46
  • I'm assuming you know of the arXiv, you could try "[subject name] arxiv review/thesis" Aug 15 at 21:26

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The only comprehensive international compendium of theses and dissertations that I know of is ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. I think it is especially good in covering the United States and Canada, but I cannot personally vouch for its comprehensiveness in dissertations from other countries.

Other than that, most collections seem to be on a national level (e.g., HAL for France).

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  • ProQuest is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for, thanks for sharing! Aug 16 at 7:15
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It is good to see which university is a powerhouse of your field and search for something like "University of XXX thesis repository". For example Eindhoven University is very good in photonics and they have a repository that looks like that

For most of the European universities there's DART initiative that offers a wide search.

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