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  • Have open Library web page, but mention that will be using another page - - - from which everything linked to from this page that will be referred to in this sessionPurposeful title – ‘discovering’- as no one database.
  • Start at 0:05Talk about role of theses for finding research but also just to look at to see structure etc.Mention looking at full text databases but some embargoed - though you’ll usually find their details.Say that handout is brief because everything on the online page including tips and tutorials
  • We’ll just look quickly at the submission process for you, and also searching and browsing the thesis collection here at Durham.
  • Para 1: This guidance is for the process after examination, but before you can be awarded your doctorate.Electronic submission: after examination, normally 3-4 weeks after letters of outcome. You still need to follow the guidance and submit 2 copies of a soft-bound copy for examination.Para 2/3: See Graduate School site. All submissions made open access (requirement under Freedom of Information and institution in receipt of public funding). You can apply for an embargo, primarily for on of four reasons: intend to publish soon / patentable or commercially sensitive material / disclosure would release into the public domain data collected either (i) in confidence or (ii) restricted by data protection legislation.Para 3: In order to restrict access, you must discuss with your supervisor and both complete and sign a ‘restricting access’ form. You should also think about issues around any images or graphics you have used in your thesis which might require copyright clearance. You should have done this in any case! Also, informing any research participants, ideally at the point they participate (such as letting them know data they will provide will be in the public domain, and if they will anonymous or identifiable).Para 4: What do you want to do? Embargo so you can publish or patent? Release under licence to access and read but not re-use? Licence to read, access and re-use? What about the data you have collected – will you make that available, and clearly indicate how someone can access this? - Creative Commons allow all of this, usually under various requirements and versions, the basic being re-use with acknowledgement to you as the author.Talk about them submitting and thinking about what they include – getting copyright clearance etc for images and large quotations, informing any research participants etc.
  • Think about what copyright you wish to use prior to submission fro examination. Nothing confuses a reader more than you releasing on a creative commons licence, but then including in the actual text a copyright statement you have cut-and-pasted from another thesis you were using to help you put together the correct structure.
  • Everything in catalogue (print and e). Print theses: Currently being digitised and each month more are being added to our online collection. No print theses available for consultation during digitisation period.
  • Allow 5-10 minutes
  • 35 minutes in.
  • EThOS covers 122 UK Universities, Index to Theses does not cover all of these (eg Bath Spa, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Brighton) but also includes Irish Universities not covered by EThOS and some additional UK Universities (including those which have been subsumed into existing institutions, such as many of the old London colleges).Use the two together (see examples in following slides) - generallyIndex to Theses has broader coverage, but not always. - EThOS ‘advanced search’ appears to give you options to search more facets, but search function isn’t perfect and it may be that not all Theses on EThOS have abstracts, compared to those available on Index to Theses.In neither service are you searching full text.Want to make a comprehensive search – need to search both.Just making a quick search to find a couple of examples you can access full text immediately, not fussed on items meeting very specific criteria (eg looking more at examples of structure, bibliographies, language style, so want recent examples) – go with EThOS (as can limit to full text availability, even if not as broad a search sometimes).
  • Example – restricted search, EThOS apparently returns more results...... But is infact because EThOS second guesses what you actually searched for (returns ‘Tori’ as well as ‘Tory’)
  • Second example...Ethos returns 33 results....Index to Theses returns 42 results....Generally, Index to Theses will return more results as it has a wider coverage of historic content, and receives bibliographic information direct from some Universities.However, not quite so clear cut... As also receives bibliographic records from Universities via ethos, and updates content from ethos. As updates are made only at specific points during the year, there is potential for recent items to appear on ethos and not Index to Theses.Additionally, Index to Theses offers more options for searching for items.
  • Index to theses: Explain four different search options. Simple search will often suffice, and I would normally go with ‘simple search’ or ‘standard search’ simply for the option to include more data.Quick search is a bit to basic.Advanced search is really more for those who enjoying making life difficult for themselves.N.B. Point out that class search is not standardised as students decided which category they fitted into so best to leave blank unless have an unambiguous term. Point out ‘class list’.DEMOEThOSNeed to register and login to download.Free if already digitised. Ethos - 122 universities taking part, but not all providing immediate open access to theses – Oxford, Cambridge aren’t for example. Search engine doesn’t always return what you know to be in there so find bets to use in tandem with ItT.Adv search much more useful than basic search.DEMO
  • Also mention some may not appear on either service. If you know it exists, try searching the institutions own site.
  • After 45 minutes.Allow 10-15 minutes.
  • 1:00Demo’s
  • Open Access DEMO’S
  • 1.15 Allow 10 minutes
  • Discovering Doctoral theses (web version)

    1. 1. Discovering Doctoral ThesesJames Bisset ( Liaison Librarian (Research Support)
    2. 2. Session outline- Durham Theses- Theses in the UK - Index to Theses - EThOS- International theses - ProQuest Digital Dissertations - DART, ADT, OAIster
    3. 3. Part 1DurhamTheses
    4. 4. Thesis Submission at Durham• You will have to submit an electronic copy of your thesis in pdf format.• E-theses are open access: available to anyone, anywhere in the world• Think about third-party copyright and use of research data• Consider what you want to do with your research after you pass e.g. embargo, creative commons licence
    5. 5. Durham theses- Library Catalogue - Search by author, keyword, title - Find print and e-theses (limit to e-book) - Thesis request form for confined consultation - Browse via web pages- Durham e-theses - Additional search / browse options
    6. 6. Hands-on• Try to find a Durham thesis using - Catalogue - E-Theses
    7. 7. Part 2Theses in the UK
    8. 8. Theses in the UK• Index to Theses - Bibliographic details - Advanced search options• EThOS - Full text available for immediate download - Full text scanned for free - Contact the institutional library to access - Full text available, for a fee
    9. 9. Theses in the UK
    10. 10. Theses at other institutions- For theses where you asked to pay to download from EThOS- For those not available via EThOS - Use Durham Library’s Document Delivery Service
    11. 11. Hands-on• Try the following databases for UK theses - Index to Theses (via catalogue) - EThOS (freely available) – you will need to register to download the full-text of a thesis
    12. 12. Part 3International Theses
    13. 13. International Theses• Subscription resources - ProQuest Digital Dissertations (Primarily US and Canadian materials)
    14. 14. International Theses• Open access resources - DART (European Portal) - Trove Australian Theses Programme - Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations - South African Theses and Dissertations - OAIster
    15. 15. Hands-on• Try finding a full text Theses using one of the following: - Proquest Digital Dissertations - DART - Trove Australian Theses Programme - OAIster
    16. 16. Summary- Durham Theses - think about what copyright you wish to use to disseminate your work, and about reasons fro restricting access- Accessing Theses - many are free to access online - some may require payment – use Document Delivery Service to avoid paying full cost yourself
    17. 17. Summary- Durham Theses - Durham e-theses- Theses in the UK - Index to Theses - EThOS- International theses - ProQuest Digital Dissertations - DART, Trove, OAIster
    18. 18. Image Credits [Slide 3] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Alan Cleaver. Original available at [Slide 8] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by eltorosolo. Original available at [Slide 16] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by beppovox. Original available at *Slide 23+ ‘Vitae®, © 2010 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited‘ Available at
    19. 19. Vitae Researcher Development Framework [see image credits] Measuring Researcher Development