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Latin American & Caribbean Libraries: Dissertations

A guide to doing research on Latin American libraries

Using Dissertations for Your Research

Dissertations are excellent sources for your own biblography, as doctoral candidates need to summarise the scholarly literature in their field. Browse the resources listed in the center column to find relevant dissertations.

Dissertations

International 

PhdData.org - Universal Index of Doctoral Disserations in Progress

Click on the Search Our Databse link at the top of the home page to find dissertations.  This database can seem difficult to search at first, but by selecting a specific country you are then given the option of narrowing the search by institution.  Then you can search by very general terms which may return more successful results.  In past searches the term "biblioteca(s)" or "library"/"libraries" returned no results despite having no other limitations to the search.  Limiting by country and institution did at times prove to be a more successful method.

OAIster: Online Digital Archive

A database by OCLC, the people of WorldCat, provides the ability to search for dissertations on a wide variety of topics, including libraries and library and information science.


US

Proquest's Dissertations and Theses


LAC

Tesis Latinoamericanas

Tesis digitales—Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México  by clicking on Búsquedas, search for theses by topic school (carrera), title of dissertation/thesis, author, etc. Although there is no specific topic of Librarianship (bibliotecaria), there is the carrera titled Diseño de información, as well as Tecnologías de información y negocios, which may be relevant topics to search for desired results.

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM): TESIUNAM make sure you pay attention to the tabs at the top of the search box, so you are aware whether you are searching by author, title (of thesis), subject, or more (this is the advanced search option).  

The subject search for the term "bibliotecas" returns several interesting results, including the evaluation of academic libraries.  Also the search for the term "bibliotecaria" may prove fruitful.  The database also gives you the option of searching the whole database, only electronic theses, or open access theses.


Brazil

Biblioteca Digital de Teses e Dissertaçõnes This is the Portal of the Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations of Sao Paolo. 

Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)


Spain

Tesis doctorales—via Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes