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Pacific Islands Studies: Pacific Research

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Pacific Research at Otago

Theses and Dissertations

Research Repositories

Conference Papers

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Pacific Research at Otago

The primary role of Pacific research is to generate knowledge and understanding about, and for, Pacific peoples and their environments.

See Pacific at Otago for information on the Pacific Research Protocols, Pacific-related expertise at Otago and the Pacific Voices Symposium.

Use the links below to find Pacific research resources.

Theses and Dissertations

Search for Pacific theses and dissertations in the following databases:

Find our print copies of theses via Library Search | Ketu.

For theses and dissertations not held at Otago, nor available online, request via Interloan.

Research Repositories

A research repository is where an institution stores 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.

  • OpenDOAR (global directory of open access repositories)

Conference Papers

Conference papers are an excellent source of current research, best practices and new innovations in a research area. 

They are not always formally published, so can be difficult to find. Here are some good places to try:

  • Library Search | Ketu - the best papers can be published in a book
    • Try combining search terms with words like conference, proceedings, congresses, symposium.
    • Or do a keyword search on your topic and then refine results by type to Conference Proceedings.
  • Conference Website - if you can't find a website for the conference, try the organiser's website
  • Google Scholar -  use the Advanced Search option to combine your search terms with words like conference, proceedings, congresses, symposium
  • Contact the Author - try 'Googling' the author to find their current contact details, then email them asking for a copy of their paper

Presenting your research at a conference can be a valuable experience that enriches your understanding of a topic and helps build your professional network.