Theses and Dissertations

Theses may be available in online format within a database or institutional repository or the print format may be listed in a university library catalogue. Below, is a list of different databases that index theses and dissertations.

If the full-text thesis or dissertation is not available in the Library's collection, request an interlibrary loan.

Conference Proceedings

Locating the full-text of conference proceedings can be difficult since they are not always available online, and some are distributed in print format or even on a CD-ROM. Or they may only be available to conference participants. Below, is a list of different databases that index conference proceedings.

Locating conference proceedings in Omni

uOttawa Libraries have some conference proceedings in our collection. These volumes can be located in Omni:

  • If you know the specific volume, you can search by title, association, or series;
  • If you would like to see what the library has on a particular topic, you can search by keywords. Then, on the results page, use the search filters on the left to limit your results by resource type to "conference proceedings"

What if the conference proceeding is not available in print or electronic format?

Submit a request for an interlibrary loan. You can request an individual article or the entire volume (if available). 

Grey Literature and datasets

Grey literature was defined by the Grey Literature International Steering Committee (GLISC) as:

Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.”

The Grey Literature Network Service was founded in 1992 and their goal was to facilitate dialog, research, and communication between those in the field of grey literature.   You may find some current or helpful links on their GreyNet International website.



Open access repositories (academic, governmental, institutional) exist in many countries:


Some of our subscription databases can include a few types of grey literature (mostly theses, conference papers, preprints or data papers):

  • Web of Science - you may see results with a  'Document Type' equal to 'Data paper' or 'Proceedings Paper'
  • SCOPUS - you may see results with a  'Document Type' equal to 'Data paper' or 'Conference Paper'
  • Proquest databases - you may see results with
    • 'Source type=Report + Document type=Market Research, Industry Report, Company Profile'
    • 'Source type=Working paper + Document type=Working paper (these are often pre-preprints from a repository and once it is peer-reviewed, two records may appear in the Proquest results)