Resources to locate and write theses.

ICICS/CS Reading Room : Theses

UBC Computer Science Theses

UBC Electronic Theses

Electronic theses and dissertations (EDTs) from 2008 on can be found in cIRcle: UBC’s Information Repository. These are available in full-text PDF format.

Retrospective theses and dissertations include theses from before 2008.

To help narrow your search go to Advanced Search and to the right of "In," select:

   Thesis Program and type "computer science" (including quotation marks)

   AND Thesis Copyright Date

Print Theses (1968 - May 2006)

Our print collection of theses and graduating essays covers 1968 - May 2006.

In the Reading Room catalogue, search by any of the following:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Keyword (author, title, date and degree - example: PHD 2008)

Some thesis proposals written by former doctoral students and BSc honours theses are also available in the Reading Room.

Finding Other Theses and Dissertations

ACM Awards: Doctoral Dissertation Award

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

Promotes “the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations.” The website includes options for users to find, submit, and manage electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (UBC Library information page)

The PQDT database contains over 2 million records. Doctoral dissertations: 1861-present; masters theses: 1988-present (selective coverage). Online abstracts for dissertations available since July 1980, full text since 1997.

Theses Canada Portal 

Indexes over 220,000 Canadian theses and dissertations from 1965 on, held by the National Library of Canada. Provides free access to 46,000 full text electronic Canadian theses and dissertations covering 1998-2002.

Writing & Submitting UBC Theses

Dissertation and Thesis Preparation (UBC Graduate Studies)

Thesis Formatting (UBC Library Research Commons)

UBC Computer Science MSc graduation (MyCS login required)

UBC Computer Science PhD graduation (MyCS login required)

BSc Honours Essays & Thesis Proposals:

Submit one double-sided unbound copy to the Reading Room.

Resources for Publishing Your Thesis in Electronic Format

Virginia Tech's Develop Your EDT site

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDTLD) has numerous resources, including the ETD Guide.


UBC Grad Studies suggests the following:

LaTeX thesis class and set of templates, developed by Michael McNeil Forbes, a former UBC graduate student.

If you encounter problems/bugs in the Latex software, contact the Help Desk or try these resources:

These manuals can be found in the ICICS/CS Reading Room:

Help with Writing

Writing Resources (UBC Learning Commons)

Science Writing Resources for Learning (ScWRL) (UBC Faculty of Science)