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Accessing University of Calgary Theses  

The University Archives is responsible for preserving all University of Calgary theses and dissertations.  Unbound paper copies of theses may be consulted in the Reading Room during normal opening hours.  Theses are stored offsite; please request the title(s) you wish to view at least one business day before you require access.  

Options to find and obtain copies of theses and dissertations:

  1. Bound paper copies of some theses and microfiche copies of most theses are available in the University Library’s collection.  The Library Catalogue contains details of available titles and formats, and will indicate whether the available items circulate.
  2. Many theses written after 1997 are available in digital format from Theses Canada and from ProQuest Digital Dissertations
  3. A growing collection of digital theses is also available in the Theses Collection of the University of Calgary's Institutional Repository (D-Space).  As of September 29, 2012 electronic submission of theses and dissertations is mandatory at the University of Calgary.  Paper copies of theses completed after this date will not be available in the University Archives.  Consult  The Vault for the electronic copy of the titles you wish to access.

NOTE:  Theses are not made available to the public until the author has graduated: new titles will be added to the collection shortly after each convocation. In some cases a withhold period may delay the date a thesis becomes available to the public. The description of the thesis in The Vault will indicate when the withhold period will expire.

Searching for Theses 

University Archives’ staff will search our in-house theses database for researchers on request.  Send a message to specifying the search you would like conducted. Searches for a thesis can include: title, author, supervisor, department, date and degree – or any combination of these fields. 

Researchers can also use the Theses Canada, ProQuest and D-Space sites to conduct searches for University of Calgary theses.

Purchasing Copies

Researchers can purchase copies of theses from the University Archives.  Call 403-220-7271 or e-mail with the details of the thesis you require.  The current charges for copying theses can be found on our Duplication Services page.

Copies of theses and dissertations are made available to researchers on the understanding that they are to be used solely for the purposes of research or private study.  Any use of the copy for a purpose other than research or private study may require authorization of the copyright holder of the work in question.  Duplication, by any means, of the copy provided is restricted under the Copyright Act.

Researchers can also purchase copies of University of Calgary theses listed in the ProQuest databases listed above from ProQuest as indicated on their website.