Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2018     Views: 13

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online) gives you access to UK doctoral theses - you request all UK doctoral theses directly from the EThOS Service (request non-doctoral UK theses through Inter-library Loans).

The British Library, in association with higher education institutions in the UK, will provide online access to the full text of UK doctoral theses through EThOS. The University of Sheffield is a contributor to this service. Through EThoS the British Library aims to present a single point of access to all UK produced eTheses.

You can search for all the 250,000 UK theses currently listed in the British Library Catalogue and you can download any of the 12,000 full text theses that are already held in EThOS. More and more theses will become available in digital format in the EThOS database. Please note that EThOS will replace the current British Theses Service; microfilms will no longer be available from the British Library.

Using EThOS

You do not have to register with EThOS to search the database. If you want to download a thesis, or order digitisation of a thesis, you will need to register and log in. To register:

  • Connect to EThOS via the Quick links
  • Click 'Login / Register'
  • On the EThOS Login and Registration page, click 'New customer? Register'
  • Accept the terms and conditions
  • Complete the registration form with your details and choose a password
  • Click 'Register'

Please note: All users downloading theses from EThOS must agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use of EThOS, which specify only non-commercial, personal use.  They protect the rights of the author or other rights owners.

If the doctoral thesis you want is held by EThOS you can download it immediately free of charge.

If EThOS doesn't hold the thesis ready for immediate download, you can request it through the EThOS website. Whenever a thesis is requested EThOS will contact the higher education institution where the thesis is held to try to arrange for a digital copy of the thesis to be made available for download through EThOS; it will keep you informed of the status of your request. When the thesis is made available EThOS will advise you by email.

If a digitised version of a thesis can't be made available, EThOS will tell you. In that case you can then submit an inter-library loan request to us in the usual way and we will try to obtain the original copy of the thesis direct from the institution that holds it.

As an optional service from EThOS, you can choose to order a printed copy of the thesis you want or a copy on CD/DVD. EThOS makes a charge for this service which you have to pay yourself. Payment can be made by credit card on the EThOS website.

For non-UK Doctoral Theses please contact the Inter-library Loans Service.

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