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Indigenous Studies: Theses & Conference Papers

Theses and Dissertations: New Zealand and Australia

These resources are great places to start looking for theses and dissertations written in New Zealand and Australia.  For theses and dissertations not held at the University of Otago Library, or available in open access online, request through "Get It Interloan" (on campus students) or the Distance Library Service (distance students)..

Theses and Dissertations: International

The Thesis Information guide contains links to a large number of international thesis sources.

Research Repositories

A research repository is a place to store an instutution's intellectual research outputs. Try searching these sites to find a variety of publications and research outputs including theses, technical reports, conference papers and working papers.

Conference Papers

Conferences papers are the papers presented by researchers at a conference. They are an excellent source of current research, best practices and new innovations in a research area. 

Conference papers are not always formally published, so they can be difficult to get hold of.  However, there are a number of ways to find conference papers:

Library Search Ketu - Sometimes the best papers are published in a book. To find these using Library Search Ketu, try combining your search terms with words like conference, proceedings, congresses, symposium.

For example: indigenous AND conference

Or complete a keyword search on your topic and then refine results by type to Conference Proceedings.

Conference Website - A very good place to start looking for a conference paper is the conference website.  If you can't find a website for the conference, try the organising body's website.

    Google Scholar - Try using the "Advanced Search" option to combine your search terms with words like conference, proceedings, congresses, symposium.

    For example: indigenous  AND conference AND proceedings

    Research Repository - Researchers will often deposit a copy of their conference paper in their institutional research repository.

    Author's Website - Researchers will often post links to conference papers on their own personal website, or on their research institution's website. 

    Contact Author - Looking for a specific paper? Try 'Googling' the author to find their current contact details, then email them asking for a copy of the paper.

    Get It Interloan/Distance Library Service - If you have a citation for a conference paper, but could not find a copy using any of the methods described above, you can submit a Get It Interloan request for the conference paper and we will try to get you a copy.  Distance students can request copies through the Distance Library Service.