Answered By: Andrew Willan
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2018     Views: 955

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) provides 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 Liverpool is a contributor to this service.

You can search for all the UK theses currently listed in the British Library Catalogue (over 480,000) and you can download any of the full-text theses that are already held in EThOS, either directly or via links to the institution’s own repository (around 260,00). More and more theses will become available in digital format in the EThOS database. EThOS replaced the British Theses Service - microfilms are no longer available from the British Library.

Using EThOS

To read or download theses:

  • register for your own personal account with EThOS
  • search the database yourself
  • If you need help, get in touch with the Inter-Library Loans Team or your Liaison Librarian.
  • Before you can download a thesis you must accept the terms and conditions of 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 and when the thesis is made available EThOS will advise you by email.

If a digitised version of a thesis cannot 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.

NOTE: Non-members of the University of Liverpool who wish to consult UoL theses and are unable to visit the Library in person should use the EThOS service to access them.

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