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Your online thesis: what you need to know

The PGR Thesis and Examination Policy states that it is mandatory for final, post-examination copies of research degree theses to be deposited in NECTAR.  But what does this mean for PGR students (and their supervisors)?

This post will outline the policy and procedure for depositing your thesis in NECTAR and some the issues you need to consider when doing this.

Gather your strength and read on…

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OA and the research lifecycle 4: conducting the literature review

OA lifecycle literature review

As a librarian, when I need to conduct a literature review I go first to NELSON, to interrogate the library’s subscription databases.  From there I may try the individual databases that are most relevant to my subject (Web of Science, Emerald and so forth), and after that to CORE, to pick up the open access literature.

The advantage of using CORE is that it usually returns a number of results that haven’t appeared elsewhere.  This is not only because CORE’s coverage is immense (just under 25 million open access articles) but also because the content it harvests is not restricted to the peer reviewed journal literature: CORE also has research reports, books, conference papers, theses and a host of other grey literature.

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EThOS Share My Thesis competition

British Library_logo_100A message from the British Library:

The British Library is currently running a Twitter based competition for all PhD authors and current doctoral students, inviting you to say why your doctoral research is/was important, using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis.

Competition web page –

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Using doctoral theses in your research – webinar repeated

Sara Gould of the British Library is repeating last year’s webinar on using doctoral theses in research. She writes:

“Please join us for an EThOS webinar to be held on Thursday 13 February 2014, at 15:00 GMT. This will be a repeat of the session we held on 10 December which saw 385 attendees and lots of requests to hold another for colleagues who were unable to join us then.

Title: Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS.

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Finding and using PhD theses: free webinar

British Library_logo_100 Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library writes:

“Using doctoral theses in your research: a guide to EThOS

EThOS is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

Join us for a free webinar to learn how EThOS works.

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