Uppsala University Library

To search in fulltexts of theses and download them

How to search in fulltexts

You finds the theses fulltexts through:

  • word search in Google (where you will find a lot of other documents as well),
  • Libris, with links to Diva,
  • or Diva, where you find the fulltext to the right. Choose the image files, in which you can do fulltext searches.

The digitized theses are presented differently depending on web browser. In some web browsers you have a menue to the left where you can do your search. In other web browsers you put the cursor on the image and click right, or type Ctrl + F. Then type the word you are looking for.

How to search in many theses at a time

You can easily seach in fulltext in many theses in one go. There are different methods for this: to cut and paste in Word and make your own document, or to use any of the "merge pdf"-programmes that are available free online. If you are looking for a very specific word, ypu can try to search in Google. Mind the spelling.

Cut and paste in Word (or other word processing programme)

  • Download the files to your computer
  • Mark the text and copy (Ctrl + C)
  • Open a new Word document
  • Paste (Ctrl + V).

Then you will see the OCR-interpreted text, with faults as well. You can correct the text by looking at the digitised copy, so that you have a correct text to search.

  • Do the same procedure with the next thesis, and paste it in the same Word document.
  • When you have pasted all the copied theses in one document you can search them all. Don't forget to save the document.

Use a ”merge pdf”-programme

There are many ”merge pdf”-programmes for free online. You find them by searching on "merge pdf" in Google. With these you can merge many pdf-files into one and make word searches in many theses in one go. Often you have to download the files to your own computer first.