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Open Access: Finding and Accessing Open Access Resources: Open Access Theses
A guide on how to find and access Open Access resources.
The term ‘thesis’ refers to a piece of work undertaken for a research degree – for example, a PhD, MLitt, MRes, etc. You can find Strathclyde theses available via from the library by searching in SUPrimo. This is just one of a number of ways that you can find electronic theses.
Open Access theses are those which are openly available, and which may allow for varying degrees of re-use.
For more information about making your own thesis openly available and for information about copyright, please see the LibGuide 'Copyright & Your Thesis'.
How Can I Find Open Access Theses?
There are several different resources you can use to find Open Access theses. You may find the following resources useful:
DART Europe provides access to over 1 million Open Access research theses from 569 universities across 29 European countries. You can search the collection, view the latest editions and browse by university, collection, country and year.
EBSCO’s extensive collection of eBook titles on EBSCOhost allows for a comprehensive and powerful search experience—with every search, relevant eBook titles will appear directly alongside your other EBSCO databases, exposing users to the full depth of your library’s offerings and increasing usage and visibility of your library’s entire collection.
The British Library provides digitised UK PhD theses online via the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS). You can search the site without registering, but to download a thesis you must register and agree to the terms and conditions of access. Access to theses which have already been digitised is free. If a thesis has not already been digitised you may be asked to pay the cost of digitisation (£40) or it may be free. This depends on the policy of the institution supplying the thesis. For further details see: http://www.strath.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/usinglibraryservices/ethos/
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