Digital Theses

Digital Theses@UOW

Background & rules

  • From 2008, University of Wollongong higher degree research theses have been available electronically via the University's Research Online repository. Research Online is an open access digital archive promoting the scholarly output of the University of Wollongong.
  • Benefits of providing access to postgraduate research theses in Research Online.
    • increased visibility of UOW research output worldwide via the Web
    • improved access to unique research information contained in theses
    • increased access and use of an under-utilised but valuable information resource
    • greater opportunity for recognition by the international research community

University Regulations and Participation

The University's General Course Rules now require all UOW higher degree research students (i.e. Masters by Research and Doctoral submissions) to provide a digital copy of the final version of their thesis to the Graduate Research School (GRS). The digital copy will be made available by the Library for worldwide access via Research Online and the Web.

Students who completed a research degree in recent years and who still have an electronic copy of their thesis are also encouraged to make their thesis available via Research Online. Please contact Rebecca Daly for further information.

Digital Theses

  • The Graduate Research School provides the Library with the student's electronic files for deposit to Research Online
  • Before deposit to Research Online, Library staff ensure all files have been converted to PDF format with required security settings
  • Library staff create a record for Research Online including an abstract and keywords and attach files
  • The metadata attached to the thesis record allows searching and retrieval by sophisticated search engines such as Google
  • Web links to the digital thesis will be provided from the Library’s Summon discovery tool  and from the National Library’s Trove service
  • Each thesis deposited to Research Online has a unique URL
  • The URL can be distributed to prospective employers and research colleagues, etc.

Note: Existing print theses are available for consultation only within the Library

More information about the Thesis Collection.


  • The Research Online site was accessed over 2,660,000 times in 2013; with approximately 309,000 of these targeting theses.
  • The placement of theses on open access via Research Online increases use and citation (Alma Swan, The Open Access Citation Advantage, 2010).



Rebecca Daly, Manager, Resources
Phone: (02) 4221 5918

Content by Manager, Resources

Last reviewed: 10 December, 2014