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 Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, this guide was produced by the Committee for Open Science (CoSo) and the University of Lille. It aims to raise awareness of open science among doctoral students and to provide them with advice and tools to put it into practice throughout their research process.


French doctoral schools

Doctors and PhD students

Search for a thesis

  • : moteur de recherche pour les thèses françaises. constitue la plateforme de référence au niveau national pour le signalement et l’accès aux thèses de doctorat disponibles en ligne
  • Catalogue Sudoc: national bibliography of theses. Consult the help page dedicated to thesis research in the Sudoc

Access the full text of the theses

In France

De nombreuses archives ouvertes ou plateformes de diffusion ont été mises en place par les établissements habilités à délivrer le doctorat et/ou par des opérateurs de l’IST comme le CCSD – Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe.

  • HAL theses  : archive ouverte gérée par le CCSD pour la diffusion en libre accès des thèses de doctorat
  • AURORE : platform for student work at the University of Limoges (doctoral theses, practice theses, dissertations)
  • CITHER : portail des thèses de l’INSA de Lyon
  • ENS – Institut Français de l’Éducation : portail des thèses soutenues en France depuis 2003 dans les domaines de l’éducation et de la formation
  • OATAO : Open Archive Toulouse Archive Ouverte
  • PASTEL : thèses en ligne de ParisTech / Collection du portail HAL ParisTech
  • PEPITE  : l’archive institutionnelle de l’Université de Lille met à disposition des thèses de doctorat, thèses d’exercice, ressources pédagogiques et mémoires d’orthophonie

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 : catalogue des thèses et mémoires réalisés dans les universités canadiennes
  • 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

  • Theses and other academic writings: identification and location: despite some obsolete information, this guide published by the BnF in 2005, contains interesting information on the history of the doctorate as well as a chronology of legislative texts on the deposit of theses from 1923 to 1985
  • Françoise Huguet, Les thèses de doctorat ès lettres soutenues en France de la fin du XVIIIe siècle à 1940 (Doctor of Letters theses defended in France from the end of the 18th century to 1940), November 2009 - LARHRA - Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, UMR CNRS 5190 - online
  •  Edouard Des Places, Cent cinquante ans du doctorat es lettres (1810-1960), Bulletin de l'Association Guillaume Budé,4e série, 2, juin 1969, p.209-228 - online