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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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Accessing electronic theses

FAQ: How can I get hold of a PhD thesis on my chosen topic?

Other people’s theses can be useful for both content and framework.  Not only are they useful models for new PhD students, but also they contain comprehensive literature reviews, detailed methodologies and interesting findings which can be compared with one’s own.

There are a couple of key sources of UK theses: EThOS and Index to Theses.  Printed copies of Northampton theses are also available in the two university libraries and indexed in NECTAR.

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