Theses (or dissertations as they are sometimes called) are the product of extended independent research by students. They may be produced at undergraduate level (e.g. 3rd year Capstone projects), and are nearly always a feature of postgraduate research from Master's through to Ph.D. level.
Books offering guidance on how to write a thesis can be found at LB 2369 on floor 5 of the Albert Sloman Library.
Students often need to consult theses for various reasons, including:
Essex Sociology theses can be found in the following locations:
Albert Sloman Library - the University Library at Colchester holds print copies of all Essex Sociology M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations up to 30 September 2016. They are listed in the catalogue, and must be consulted in the Library. To search by department type the keywords: essex thesis sociology
University of Essex Research Repository - contains digitised versions of theses submitted after 30 September 2016.
To search for dissertations from other universities in the UK and beyond, there are a couple of very useful databases:
EThOS offers details of UK doctoral theses, some of which are digitised
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses lists North American & UK theses (with some coverage of other countries):
There are also many portals to open access dissertations. NDLTD maintains a pretty comprehensive & up to date list of national portals around the world:
Global search engines for digital theses include the following:
Many regions and countries also have portals to electronic theses. Examples include:
Australia - Trove
Canada - Theses Canada Portal
Europe - DART-Europe
Greece - National Archive of PhD Theses
Hong Kong - Hong Kong University Theses Online
India - Shodhganga
Netherlands - NARCIS
Russia & CIS - Dissertation CIS
Scandinavia - DiVA (the Academic Archive Online)
South Africa - National ETD Portal
Spain - TDX (Tesis Doctorales en Xarva)