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UK theses - EThOS

What is EThOS ?

Ethos is a British Library database which allows you to search for and download electronic theses produced by UK HE institutions.

Do I need to register?

You will need to register and log in if you want to download a thesis or to order digitisation of a thesis.

How do i find what i am looking for?

1. Most theses are freely available for download and have the open access symbol May be available to download from institutionto indicate this

2. You can also request theses that are not yet available electronically. Click on the download and delivery option and complete the form.There may then be a delay whilst permission is sought from copyright holders and the text is digitised before you are able to access.

3. EThOS can only supply theses from participating institutions.  If you are looking for a specific thesis which does not show up in the results, check the list of institutions to see if the relevant University is participating in the EThOS scheme. List of participating institutions


 Access to most theses is free but if you are asked for payment or need any further information please contact Academic Librarian (Research Support)


Other theses collections

A few countries make their national theses collections available online:

  • Europe: DART (single search box for theses available electronically which were published in Europe)
  • Canada: Theses Canada (electronic theses from Library and Archives Canada)
  • Australia: Trove (search for Open Access Theses by choosing Theses as a format under the advanced search options)
  • USA: ProQuest (you can use the advanced options to search for Dissertations and Theses - not every theses is free)
  • USA: PQDT Open (search open access full text theses and abstracts in the USA).