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Theses Canada

The goal of the Theses Canada program at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is to acquire a comprehensive collection of Canadian master's theses and doctoral dissertations, preserve them for current and future generations, and make them accessible to scholars and researchers in Canada and around the world. Since 2002, the focus has been to develop an electronic theses acquisitions component of the program.

Currently, the collection includes electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) dating from 1998 onward, and microfilm and microfiche versions going back to 1965. Approximately 11,000 titles on fiche are added to the collection annually. The number of ETDs increases from year to year as more universities add them to the Internet, allowing LAC to acquire more for the collection.

The Theses Canada Portal is the central point of access to Canadian theses and information about the Theses Canada program. Clients can search catalogue records of all theses in the collection; access and search the full text versions of numerous Canadian theses and dissertations online; and find out anything they need to know about Theses Canada, including how to find a thesis, how the program works, information about copyright, and much more. The Theses Canada Portal can be accessed at the following Web address www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/thesescanada/index-e.html.

Canadian universities participate in the program voluntarily by submitting approved theses and dissertations to Theses Canada in electronic format only or in both electronic and print formats. LAC staff are happy to provide advice to Canadian universities interested in establishing ETD programs and welcome new electronic participants.

For more information, please contact Theses Canada at theses@bac-lac.gc.ca or call 819-994-6882.