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Solent Electronic Archive (SEA)

Solent University Institutional Repository

Using SEA to access dissertations

All of the past dissertations held by the library are available electronically through SEA (the Solent Electronic Archive), which can be accessed via the library portal.

SEA holds a selection of undergraduate projects, as well as some postgraduate dissertations and theses,including courses such as MBA, MA, MSc, and PhD.

Please note: the library is not sent a copy of every student project/dissertation by the schools.

Step 1: Access SEA through the portal

Log in to the portal and click on Solent, select Solent Electronic Archive from the drop down list



Step 2: Choose the Advanced search

From the homepage, click on Advanced search



or you can also use the search button in the side menu to go to the search page

Step 3: Search for dissertations

TIP dont panic!

The advanced search screen is quite detailed,but you only need to enter a little information to find projects. You can leave the rest of the fields blank.

Item Type

In Item Type, choose either Thesis if you are looking for postgraduate dissertations or theses, or Final Year Project if you are looking for undergraduate projects.


Thesis Type

Use Thesis type if you are looking for a Masters or PhD thesis




From the Subjects menu, choose your courses subject, or if you want to look for all dissertations by course title,e.g. MBA or MA Marketing Management, you can enter this in the Additional Information field



Click on Search and your results will be displayed.



or if you want to start afresh you can reset the form

Step 4: Open the dissertation

Click on the PDF image for the item to access the dissertation online

Please note: you will need to be logged in to SEA to access the full text of the dissertation

Can’t find the course you are looking for?

Try asking your information librarian or contact your school. It might be that your course does not pass its projects and dissertations to the library.