A research repository stores an institution's intellectual research outputs - try searching these selected resources:
Recommended databases and tips to find dissertations and theses:
Publishing bursaries, and Calls for papers [CFPs] for conferences and from journals, can be good ways to get into publishing. In some departments there is an expectation that you will publish some aspects of you thesis while you are writing it up.
Check out the Library's guide to Scholarly Communication for more information about publishing and connecting with research networks.
Information about conferences, their papers and proceedings are an excellent source of current research, best practices and new innovations in a research area. Try the original source, catalogues, article databases, research repositories and the internet.
Conference Website - A very good place to start, or try the organising body's website.
Author's Website - Researchers often post conference paper links on their own personal website; or email them for a copy of the paper.