Selection of reference sites

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Guides and documentation

  • Contractual framework of the educational exception: how to use and quote works in your thesis?
  • Documentation for doctoral students (provided byAbes): understanding the national repository for doctoral theses; reporting your thesis subject; using the search engine
  • Guide to the doctorate : 23 practical sheets proposed by the National Association of Doctors (ANDès) for doctoral students, doctors, institutions, doctoral schools, etc.
  • Guide to Copyright (2017) : this guide deals with legal issues arising in intellectual property law.
  • Passport to Open Science Published by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, this guide was produced by the Committee for Open Science (CoSo) and the University of Lille. Its aim is to raise doctoral students' awareness of open science and provide them with advice and tools to put it into practice throughout their research process..
  • Carnet Questions éthique et droit en SHS: a guide to good ethical and legal practice in the dissemination of SHS data.

French doctoral schools

Doctors and PhD students

Search for a thesis

Access the full text of the theses

In France

Numerous open archives and distribution platforms have been set up by doctoral-accredited institutions and/or IST operators such as CCSD (Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe).

  • HAL theses : open archive managed by the CCSD for the open access distribution of doctoral theses
  • AURORE : platform for student work at the University of Limoges (doctoral theses, practice theses, dissertations)
  • CITHER: INSA Lyon thesis portal
  • ENS - Institut Français de l'Éducation: portal to theses defended in France since 2003 in the fields of education and training.
  • OATAO: Open Archive Toulouse Archive Ouverte
  • PASTEL: ParisTech online theses / HAL ParisTech portal collection
  • PEPITE: the University of Lille's institutional archive provides access to doctoral theses, practice theses, teaching resources and speech therapy dissertations.

On the international scene

  • ADT : theses defended in the 22 largest Australian universities
  • BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine: meta-search engine referencing and providing access to over 120 million full-text academic documents, including theses 
  • BICTEL: common directory of electronic theses of the universities of the French community of Belgium
  • DART-Europe: full-text theses from 28 European countries
  • Dialnet : portal of Spanish theses in SHS
  • DissOnline: Database of German electronic theses
  • DIVA : database of theses and research papers from 28 Scandinavian universities
  • EThOS: UK electronic theses database
  • NDLTD: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
  • OATD: Open Access Theses and Dissertations, a portal set up by the library of Wake Forest University (USA), which harvests several international directories of electronic theses in open access
  • RERODOC : electronic library of the RERO network (network of French-speaking Switzerland) including books, theses, dissertations in full text
  • Shodhganga: reservoir of Indian theses.
  • Teseo: catalogue of doctoral theses defended in Spanish universities
  • Theses Canada : catalog of theses and dissertations produced in Canadian universities
  • Toubk@l : national catalogue of theses and dissertations of Morocco

Access to current thesis topics

  • Otrohati : reporting on theses being prepared in Moroccan doctoral study centres.
  • listing of theses being prepared in French higher education institutions.

Buy a reproduced thesis

From 1986 to 2016, theses deposited in printed form were reproduced on microfiche by the ANRT - Atelier National de Reproduction des Thèses. The mission of the ANRT was initially to ensure the reproduction of theses on microfiche and their distribution to institutions. Following thedecree of 25 May 2016, which established the transition to electronic filing for all French doctoral theses, the ANRT ceased this national mission.

On the other hand, the ANRT offers the "Thèse à la carte" service: theses for which a contract has been signed between the ANRT and the author are digitised and reproduced in their entirety, without reworking. These theses are listed in the "Thèse à la carte" catalogue and are available for sale to individuals (teachers, researchers, students ....) and/or organisations (bookshops, libraries, etc.) who request them.



Studies and reports

History of the doctorate and the deposit of theses