Free Download Dissertations
OU theses and dissertations
Are available via Open Research Online.
Search for OU theses in the Library Search. To see only print theses click 'In the Walton Hall library' and refine your results to resource type 'Thesis'.
You may be able to borrow a consultation copy of a thesis if you are able to visit the OU Library in person. If you would like to access a hardcopy thesis we require 24 hours notice. Please contact the Library helpdesk giving the author and title of the thesis.
UK theses and dissertations from EThOS
The Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS) offers free access to the full text of UK theses.
- EThOS offers a one stop online shop providing free access to UK theses
- EThOS digitizes theses on request into PDF format, this may require payment
- EThOS is managed by the British Library in partnership with a number of UK universities
- EThOS is open to all categories of library user
What does this mean to you as a library user?
When you need to access a PhD thesis from another UK based HE institution you should check EThOS to either download a thesis which has already been digitised or to request that a UK thesis be supplied to you.
- For all UK theses EThOS will be the first point of delivery. You can use the online ordering and tracking system direct from EThOS to manage your requests for UK PhD theses, including checking the status of your requests
- As readers you will deal directly with EThOS so will not need to fill in a document delivery request
- OU staff and research students will still be entitled to access non-UK based PhD theses by filling in a document delivery request
- In some cases where EThOS is unable to supply a UK thesis OU staff and research students will be able to access it by filling in a conventional document delivery request. The thesis will be supplied through direct loan
- The EThOS system is both faster and cheaper than the previous British Theses service which was based on microfilm
- The British Library no longer arranges interlibrary loans for UK PhD theses
- Interlibrary Loan procedures for other types of request from the British Library (articles and books for example) will remain the same
If you have any queries about using EThOS contact the Document Delivery Team (firstname.lastname@example.org or the Library Helpdesk).
Alcove 9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
ABES (Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur)
Citations to French dissertations.
Australasian Digital Theses Project
From the Council of Australian University Librarians, a searchable database of Ph.D. dissertations from Australian and New Zealand universities. Many dissertations are freely available in PDF; some member institutions may charge a fee for full-text access to their dissertations.
Center for Research Libraries
Twenty thousand doctoral dissertations from outside of the United States and Canada are searchable from this site. No full text is available online, but items can be ordered through interlibrary loan by students, faculty, and staff.
Digital Library and Archives
Digital Library and Archives allows searching for citations and abstracts of thousands of theses and dissertations. Free full-text access is provided for a substantial percentage of these items.
Directory of Dissertations in Progress
From the American Historical Association, a directory containing citations to thousands of dissertations in progress from over 170 academic departments in Canada and the U.S. This is a citation database of dissertations in progress in the area of history.
Dissertation.com has relatively few dissertations and theses in its collection, but the site allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each item.
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
This is an international database of citations for dissertations in musicology that contains over 12,000 records. Dissertations range from approximately 1950 to the present.
EthOS Open Access to UK Theses
EThOS is the UKs national thesis service with approximately 300,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Almost 100,000 of these also provide access to the full text theses, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institutions own repository.
NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)
NDLTD provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format. A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.
OpenThesis is a searchable compendium of theses, dissertations and other academic documents from around the world. The site is completely free.
PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress
PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world. Requires free registration for use.
Theses Canada Portal
Theses Canada provides access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection. Access to full-text theses is available for all items published between January 1, 1998 to August 31, 2002.