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FAQ for researchers

1. How do I get the full text of a thesis from EThOS?
2. Why do I need to register to download a thesis?
3. I have an account for another British Library service. Can I use this for EThOS?
4. What do I do if I forget my password?
5. How much does it cost to request and download a thesis?
6. Can I request a printed copy or a CD of a thesis? What are the charges?
7. How quickly will the thesis be delivered?
8. What are the copyright restrictions?
9. How long can I keep the electronic document?
10. Do I need special software for electronic delivery or immediate downloads?
11. I have searched EThOS and cannot find the thesis I want. What can I do?
12. There are a few research-intensive institutions for which EThOS doesn't seem to have many records. Why is that?
13. I have another question. Where can I get more help?

1. How do I get the full text of a thesis from EThOS?
If there is a link to a copy held in the Awarding University's repository, you can simply click on the link to retrieve the copy (no login required). If a copy is available directly from EThOS, you need to register for an account with EThOS and log in to download a thesis free of charge.

If there is a record on EThOS but no digital copy has yet been made, in the majority of cases a copy can be ordered. The relevant digitisation information is shown in each record.

2. Why do I need to register to download a thesis?
EThOS has a responsibility to protect the rights of the authors whose content is made available via EThOS and so users are required to register so that we can keep track of who has been downloading specific theses. While this allows us to guard against misuse of content, it also provides an opportunity to collect data on user demographics. This is invaluable in making sure that the service is meeting the needs of all its users.

3. I have an account for another British Library service. Can I use this for EThOS?
No. Users need to register specifically for EThOS to order and download theses. Customers with accounts for other British Library services cannot use these accounts to pay for orders placed through EThOS. The only way to pay for digitising a thesis or for added value services is with a credit card.

4. What do I do if I forget my password?
If you forget your password, please click on 'Reset Password' on the login page.

5. How much does it cost to request and download a thesis?
Theses records which already have a PDF attached or are held in an institutional repository with a link provided are free to access and download.

If a digital copy is not yet available, an order will need to be placed. A number of institutions have elected to fund the digitisation of their own theses in response to an order, but in other cases the cost of the digitisation is passed on to the user. If the user is required to pay for the initial digitisation, pricing information is available here.

6. Can I request a printed copy or a CD of a thesis? What are the charges?
Yes, you can select the delivery format of your choice for the thesis. Aside from a downloadable PDF a thesis can be supplied in the following formats:
  • Printed loose-leaf – on paper with no binding.
  • Printed soft-bound – on paper with a soft-binder
  • Printed hard-bound – on paper with a hard-back
  • CD/DVD
Users are asked to select the format for the thesis during the ordering process. All the theses are reproduced as an exact surrogate of the original thesis using a high quality colour printer. EThOS is a non-commercial operation and all charges are based on cost-recovery. Pricing information for the above options is available here.

7. How quickly will the thesis be delivered?
If the thesis is available electronically it can be downloaded immediately. If a digital copy is being made from the print original, the digitisation studio quotes a turnaround of a maximum of 30 working days. It should be noted that this turnaround commences after the thesis has been received at the Library from the current holding institution.

If a user has requested the thesis be supplied as printed loose-leaf, soft-bound or on a CD/DVD, these services are done in-house and therefore should only add one additional working day to the turnaround time. In order to supply a hard-bound thesis, however, the paper original must first be digitised and uploaded before the order is received and the order is completed offsite. The user should therefore allow an additional 10 working days for completion of the order in addition to the initial 30 working days allowed for digitisation. Delivery times for the specified format are given when the order is placed.

8. What are the copyright restrictions?
Each thesis within the EThOS database has an End User Licence Agreement attached to remind users that the work is copyright of the author or third parties. The licence states that in any use you make of the thesis you must credit the original author. You must agree to these terms and conditions for every thesis supplied upon request.

9. How long can I keep the electronic document?
There is no limit on how long you may store the thesis.

10. Do I need special software for electronic delivery or immediate downloads?
No, you can just download files direct to your desktop. However you will need whatever software is required to view the thesis. In the majority of cases this will be Adobe Acrobat.
You may also need some unzipping software (e.g. Winzip) as theses are sent to you in a zip file. Recent versions of Windows should allow you to open these but if you have an older version you may need specific software.

11. I have searched EThOS and cannot find the thesis I want. What can I do?
If you are searching for a known UK, doctoral thesis and cannot find a record for it, you can submit a speculative request(external link) and a member of the EThOS Admin team will investigate why the thesis is not listed.

12. There are a few research-intensive institutions for which EThOS doesn't seem to have many records. Why is that?
Historically, participation in EThOS focused on digitising paper theses, which was not a priority for some institutions who chose not to participate. EThOS is now concentrating on filling in the gaps in the national record of UK doctoral theses, and records are growing by around 2500 a month.
Access to the full texts depends entirely on the institution's commitment to making them openly available and on their digitisation priorities. The individual thesis records present the available options for seeing the full thesis.

13. I have another question. Where can I get more help?
If you have any further queries please contact us.