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The British Library has set up a new service, in conjunction with major universities, to provide access to the full text of UK PhD theses online. The service, called EThOS, is available via a dedicated website
The site is open to all, and can be keyword searched without having to register – when you find a thesis you want, register with your email address, create a password, and you are then able to download your chosen thesis to your PC as a .pdf file.
If a specific thesis is listed, but not immediately available for download, you can register and place an order for it, and BL will arrange with the holding institution to have the thesis digitised: they will then email you when it becomes available on the website. They envisage a turnaround time of around a week for this.
If the thesis you require is not listed, you can place a speculative request through the website, and again BL will digitise and make it available online if possible – BL will email you the result of your request. There is generally no charge to you for this, but on rare occasions, depending on the home institution, payment will be requested for the digitisation – if this should be the case with your chosen thesis, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or any Learning Centre Information Helpdesk, and we will organise this for you.
The EThOS website has Help and FAQ pages with more information on the service.
http://ethos.bl.uk . Several thousand theses are already immediately available through the site, and more are continually being added. It means that you will not now place requests for UK theses through the Learning Centres, but directly yourself through their website.