Access to print or microform copies of doctoral theses has always been possible from libraries or other agencies but this has never been a fast process. The Internet saw the start of an international trend to make the full text of theses available for download and this has radically changed the way theses are accessed, consulted and cited. Theses contain new, groundbreaking information at the forefront of knowledge and the University, being at the centre of learning, investigation and discovery wants to ensure that its research receives as much worldwide visibility as possible. During 2007/08, the discussions that took place across the University agreed that the move to eTheses would support this aim.
More information about University of Sheffield etheses, including details of how to upload your ethesis to White Rose eTheses Online (WREO), is available on the Research & Innovation pages by following the top most Quick Link.
Our introduction of eTheses also coincides with the start of a UK national eTheses service run by the British Library – EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) - which co-ordinates activities from universities across the UK and digitises print theses in demand. The University of Sheffield is a member of EThOS and will be co-ordinating its eTheses services with EThOS. Through EThoS the British Library aims to present a single point of access to all UK produced eTheses.
You can search for digital copies of eTheses from the University of Sheffield, University of Leeds & University of York via WREO or use EThOS to search all UK doctoral etheses available. DART provides access to many European doctoral theses.