This page is a guide to finding doctoral dissertations in Japan including Waseda, and overseas.
Doctoral dissertation is an academic thesis submitted and accepted to obtain a doctorate degree.
According to a revision of the Degree Regulations by MEXT, Japanese doctoral dissertations after April 1st, 2013 are supposed to be published on the internet as a general rule (Doctoral dissertations before them are also available online, if they have permission of the authors).
In principle, doctoral dissertations are stored and made available as follows:
Doctoral dissertations at Waseda University are stored at Honjo Deposit Library, and almost all of them are searchable by WINE.
In general, all doctoral dissertations at Waseda after 2013, and doctoral dissertations with author's permission after 2002, are available at Waseda University Repository. Doctoral dissertations in print forms must be sent to Central Library or other campus libraries to use from Honjo Deposit Library.
Please check the WEB page below for searching doctoral dissertations at Waseda. For the list of dissertations by graduate schools, please consult each graduate school office.
Check whether the full text is available on institutional repositories and following databases.
If you cannot use a full text of the doctoral dissertation on internet, check each university's collection catalogs or doctoral dissertation search system to know how to use it. You may consider visiting other university libraries or making requests for photocopies via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service.
National Diet Library holds doctoral dissertations in Japan after September 1923.
Following WEB sites are searching tools for doctoral dissertations held by National Diet Library and other libraries.
You may consider visiting National Diet library or making a request of photocopy via Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services.
When searching for overseas doctoral dissertations, it is important to check web based theses and holding institutions as well as for domestic. In addition to that it might be effective measures to purchase by databases or vendors. The following information are also useful for searching.
Check whether the full text is available on internet. The following information are also useful for searching.
If the full-text of overseas doctoral dissertations you need is not available on internet, it might be effective measures to purchase by databases or vendors. You may use the thesis much faster and with low costs than ILL or visiting the holding library.
If the overseas doctoral dissertation is not available neither to use on internet nor to purchase through databases/ vendor, the next step is to search the actual holding library such as an university library or a national library of the country. But please consider the time and costs for making a request via ILL service, and visiting the institution.