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Finding and accessing theses
Please connect your speakers or headphones to listen to the audio
narration of the course. Yo...
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                       Using the course
This course has been designed so that you can learn at your own pace and ...
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                        Course synopsis
Doctoral theses are key research resources. This online course will intro...
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                                Contents
You may only need to learn about a particular tool or type of thesis. Us...
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          Finding Durham Theses - 1
Finding theses on the catalogue
This tutorial will show you how to limit your...
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          Finding Durham Theses - 2
Using Durham e-Theses
Since 1st October 2009, all theses passed at Durham Uni...
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Theses from other UK universities - 1
 Finding bibliographic details of theses
 Rather than search multiple libra...
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Theses from other UK universities - 2
 Finding full-text
 EThOS is the new Document Delivery Service for accessin...
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              International theses - 1
Theses from North America
Proquest Digital Dissertations is a database tha...
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              International theses - 2
Open Access Theses
There are a range of resources available to you to help...
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                      More information
Thank you for completing this online tutorial. We hope that you have foun...
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  1. 1. Finding and accessing theses Please connect your speakers or headphones to listen to the audio narration of the course. You can click on the speaker icon to listen again to the audio for that part of the course. To move through the course use the panel below. Will return you to the contents page, will take you to the previous slide and will advance you to the next slide. Alternatively, use the arrows on your keyboard. Please select to continue the course.
  2. 2. 1 of 10 Using the course This course has been designed so that you can learn at your own pace and dip into the information that you need to know, bypassing that which you are already familiar with. Alternatively, if you wish to follow the whole course it should take one hour to complete. The course uses a variety of online media to help you learn more about finding and accessing theses. These are: • audio files. The whole course is narrated. The slides contain a transcript of the audio. The videos, however, are stand alone. If you have not already done so, please see if your speakers/headphones are working now. • demonstrations, which show you how to use a particular resource. This has been used where logins are required or to illustrate full-text access without having to wait for a thesis to download in real time. • tutorials, which are used to let you have a go at accessing the resource and searching for theses with guidance.
  3. 3. 2 of 10 Course synopsis Doctoral theses are key research resources. This online course will introduce you to a number of tools available for searching for the details and full-text of theses from Durham University, UK and international universities. By the end of this session you should be able to: • search for print theses from Durham University • search for and access e-theses from Durham University • find bibliographic data on theses from UK universities • search for and access full-text theses from UK universities via EThOS • use ProQuest Digital Dissertations to view the full text of theses from North America • use tools for searching for Open Access full-text theses across the world
  4. 4. 3 of 10 Contents You may only need to learn about a particular tool or type of thesis. Use the left-hand menu below to navigate to the information you need. Alternatively press the arrow below to progress through the course. Finding Durham • Using the library catalogue • Using Durham e-Theses theses Theses at other UK • Finding bibliographic details using Index to Theses universities • Finding full text using EThOS • Finding North American theses using ProQuest International theses • Open access theses from Europe and Australasia • Please fill in the short questionnaire to let us know Evaluation survey what you thought of the online training course
  5. 5. 4 of 10 Finding Durham Theses - 1 Finding theses on the catalogue This tutorial will show you how to limit your searches on Durham University Library catalogue to find print and e-theses. When you access the tutorial, a new window will open up. This will be divided into two frames. The left-hand window will contain instructions and the right hand window will show the internet. You can search and navigate within this window while still being able to read the instructions about how to find theses on Durham University Library Catalogue. Click here to access the tutorial on finding theses on the library catalogue
  6. 6. 5 of 10 Finding Durham Theses - 2 Using Durham e-Theses Since 1st October 2009, all theses passed at Durham University have been submitted electronically and made available in Durham e-Theses http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/ . This short video will demonstrate the benefits of using this to find online theses, in addition to using the library catalogue. If you have any questions about using Durham e-Theses visit the website http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/ Click here to view the video on using Durham e-Theses
  7. 7. 6 of 10 Theses from other UK universities - 1 Finding bibliographic details of theses Rather than search multiple library catalogues, you can use a single resource to find theses from other institutions. Index to Theses is a comprehensive listing of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Many abstracts are included for theses from 1986 onwards. The database does not include the full-text of theses. The following tutorial will give an opportunity to search the database. Click here to access the tutorial on using Index to Theses
  8. 8. 7 of 10 Theses from other UK universities - 2 Finding full-text EThOS is the new Document Delivery Service for accessing theses from other institutions. Rather than receive a paper copy, the new service scans theses and delivers them straight to your desktop. If someone else has already requested the thesis you are interested in or if it has been submitted electronically, as with all Durham theses from 1st October 2009, you can download it immediately. Please watch this video (7 minutes 25 seconds) for information on how to search EThOS and interpret the results you get for a thesis that is already available online and one that you need to request to be scanned. Click here to view the video on using EThOS
  9. 9. 8 of 10 International theses - 1 Theses from North America Proquest Digital Dissertations is a database that contains the citations of 2 million masters and doctoral theses from over 80 countries. More than 750,000 are available in full text from the United States and Canada, and occasionally from other countries. The following tutorial will show you how to search and browse the database and get access to full text theses. Click here to access the tutorial on using ProQuest Digital Dissertations
  10. 10. 9 of 10 International theses - 2 Open Access Theses There are a range of resources available to you to help you find full-text theses from across the world. These tools are open access which means that they are freely available on the internet and, unlike ProQuest Digital Dissertations, do not need to be accessed from the library catalogue. • Try accessing a full text thesis from – DART - Europe e-theses portal – ADT - Australasian Digital Thesis Program – Networked Digitial Library of Theses and Dissertations These resources are also linked to from www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/theses/
  11. 11. 10 of 10 More information Thank you for completing this online tutorial. We hope that you have found it useful. Further information Details of all the resources used in this online training course are available at www.dur.ac.uk/library/using/finding/theses/ This online course was created by Laura Jeffrey, Researcher Training Librarian. If you have any questions about the course or about research support in general please contact me at l.k.s.jeffrey@durham.ac.uk or on 0191 3342970. Evaluation Please fill in this survey to tell us what you thought of this online training course. www.survey.bris.ac.uk/durham/thesesonline exit
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